Greener Birmingham Day Out

Thursday 21st June 2018

With 571 parks, 6 million trees and more canals than Venice (35 miles compared to 26) Birmingham is a green city. A recent study ranked Birmingham 4th in the UK for green space with a quarter of land designated for nature and space for the public. This green space is not equal across the city though and a group of Birmingham organisations is seeking to highlight the need for equal access to green space for everyone living and working here.

Greener Birmingham, a coalition formed in response to the 2017 – 2018 proposed budget cuts, is highlighting the need for investment in green spaces to benefit everyone. Birds, hedgehogs, insects and other wildlife need homes all across the city and it is really important for all of our health and wellbeing that we can all spend time in nature.

A Greener Birmingham Day Out, Sunday 24th June, is a great way to explore the fantastic green spaces in our city on foot or by bike. Many of these will end up at the Move More Eat Well Big Healthy Lunch in Cofton Park. Join one of the many organised rides or walks along the River Rea, using National Cycling Network #5, meet local people protecting these spaces and win some great prizes. You could arrange your own walk or ride through some of your local green spaces and invite your neighbours to join you.

Everyone is encouraged to take photos as they travel through the city’s green spaces to document the great and the not so great. Share these photos with Greener Birmingham with #greenerbrum. These photos will be shared with local leaders to show where investment is needed.

One of the event organisers, Georgia Stokes from the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country said: “We are fortunate to live in a wonderfully green city but many people don’t know about their local green spaces or do not have access to nature close to them. Last year the most repeated comment from participants was that they had discovered a green space locally that they never knew existed. “We know that being in nature makes us all happier and healthier. Greener Birmingham believe everyone should have access to nature and that we must work together to make sure we have parks, canals, rivers and nature reserves teaming with wildlife in all areas of our city.”  

Michael Addison, Director of ecobirmingham added: “This will be a great event for people of all ages and abilities. There are rides led by community cycling groups, wildlife walks, wildlife bingo, conservation activities run by Friends of park groups and a fantastic range of activities at Cofton Park including sports and crafts. Bring a picnic and join in.”

Find out more about Greener Birmingham’s Day Out at www.greenerbirmingham.com