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Gardens Open – Book your day

Our Ticket booking system is being realigned  -sorry for the delay. Do not worry we will allow ‘walk up ‘ entrance for the first few days. Contactless payment at normal prices will be available.

From June 17th the Gardens are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30-4.30pm

You must purchase and book your ticket in advance.

We are limiting the numbers in the Gardens for health reasons, so cannot at present take walk up visitors.

Members can get in FREE, but must pre-book the day.

Tickets will be released on the Friday preceding the week you want to book.

Pre-book your ticket for entry in the following week

  1. Choose your Type of ticket (adult, adult with Gift Aid, member etc)
  2. Click and choose which Date
  3. Then the number of tickets you want.
  4. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional type/date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’.

Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ .

When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt

 

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Gardens Open – Book your day

Our Ticket booking system is being realigned  -sorry for the delay. Do not worry we will allow ‘walk up ‘ entrance for the first few days. Contactless payment at normal prices will be available.

From June 17th the Gardens are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30-4.30pm

You must purchase and book your ticket in advance.

We are limiting the numbers in the Gardens for health reasons, so cannot at present take walk up visitors.

Members can get in FREE, but must pre-book the day.

Tickets will be released on the Friday preceding the week you want to book.

Pre-book your ticket for entry in the following week

  1. Choose your Type of ticket (adult, adult with Gift Aid, member etc)
  2. Click and choose which Date
  3. Then the number of tickets you want.
  4. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional type/date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’.

Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ .

When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt

 

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Members: Weekend opening bookings June 13th and 14th

Tickets will be available here from Wednesday 3rd June – 8am

Pre-book your ticket for entry for the opening weekends

  1. Click and choose which Date
  2. Then the number of tickets you want.
  3. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’. Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ . When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt Tickets for following weeks will be released on the Fridays preceding

please note that this weekend is for Castle Bromwich Garden Members only.

Other cards (RHS, Gardenrs World etc) will not be valid. Opening times from 17th June will include all member tickets,the public and other card holders. Fore prebooking only.

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Members: Weekend opening bookings June 13th and 14th

Tickets will be available here from Wednesday 3rd June – 8am

Pre-book your ticket for entry for the opening weekends

  1. Click and choose which Date
  2. Then the number of tickets you want.
  3. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’. Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ . When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt Tickets for following weeks will be released on the Fridays preceding

please note that this weekend is for Castle Bromwich Garden Members only.

Other cards (RHS, Gardenrs World etc) will not be valid. Opening times from 17th June will include all member tickets,the public and other card holders. Fore prebooking only.

Thanks

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What to expect in the post lockdown gardens

So how does visiting the Gardens now we’re open post Covid lockdown differ from the past?

We are still taking advice from with the RHS, other visitor attractions and of course the government about best practice to keep us all safe.

We have risk assessed and made changes  please bear with us if it things are not the same, or not quite perfect. We continue to evolve.
We just hope you will enjoy being here and making friends again with our beautiful space.

Getting in

We are open for longer hours but fewer days, Wednesday to Sunday  10.30 to 4.30.
At the gates there is one lane going in and one lane coming out -please keep your distances – you know how it goes!

We will continue to limit the numbers in the Gardens at any one time, so it will not be crowded and there is plenty of space for you to socially distance
Please be aware that the opening 30 minutes on some days may mean a queue.
Tickets: In general, tickets will be for the whole day, but we may introduce timed tickets for special days etc
Pre booked tickets and members will be able to have their tickets ‘scanned’ either at the entrance gates or at the steps of the visitor centre. This means we will be almost totally ‘contactless’.
Please help yourself to a map and examples of trails is available from the table .

The Gardens and getting round

All areas of the Garden are open.
There is a one way system out into the wilder area. Go in one way, come out the other.
Narrow pathways are all open, there are reminders for you to wait at one end until the path is clear.
Currently all the benches and tables are open.
Staff will clean these from time to time during the day.
Please be considerate in your usage –  think of people or sit there before and after.

A small team of gardeners have kept the Gardens in remarkable condition over the last 10 weeks. We are exceedingly lucky to have them.
There are weeds, there is long grass.. but the summer bedding is in and the vegetable plot is looking amazing … enjoy

Mud kitchen and play outside.

Currently we have closed the mud kitchen and taken pots away.
We will review all our play areas and equipment and re-instate as much as we can when we feel it’s right. Over the weeks we will also introduce new trails for amusement and learning… In the meantime we hope the little ones will enjoy exploring the area, discovering bugs and wildlife on the ground

Café

The café in the visitor centre is closed and is likely to stay closed all summer.
From now on drinks, snacks, ice cream and our shop goods are available from the Orangery.
In coming weeks we plan to expand our takeaway food and bring back our cream tea in a box … keep a lookout in the enews.

Toilets

For the time being all the toilets are remaining open.
They are deep cleaned regularly and we keep a strict rota for cleaning during out open hours.
Please keep to one person using the building at any one time to avoid congestion.
Liquid soap, paper towels and air dryers are supplied.
Please close the toilet lids before flushing and dispose of any paper towels in the bin immediately.
There is an extra ‘sanitation station’ outside the toilets if you want to wash hands again before or after

Dogs. Picnics and rubbish.

Picnics … please do take advantage of being in the space.
Please can you take your rubbish home! Currently rubbish is not being collected from the site and generally costs us over £1,0000 per year – money we can ill afford at present.
As normal we really welcome your family dog in the Gardens. We know they will be excited to be back, please keep them on a lead though, so that everyone else can relax.
As with picnics – we’d appreciate if you could take your doggy poo bags home

The summer

We are really thrilled to have people in the Gardens again – they are made for sharing.
We aim to keep opening hours, days , activities and maybe even events regular and consistent… but none of us know how things will progress so things will change.
We will keep you up to date as quickly as we can. As member you will be the first to hear about things and we hope to bring you all kinds of socially distanced entertainments and pleasures over the next months.

Please do tell your friends

We all need a safe and beautiful place to remake our relationship with the world, our selves and with nature. Spread the word to friends who need a little healing time.

Thank you #wegrowtogether

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Members: Weekend opening bookings June 6th and 7th

Tickets will be available here from Wednesday 3rd June – 8am

Pre-book your ticket for entry for the opening weekends

  1. Click and choose which Date
  2. Then the number of tickets you want.
  3. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’.

Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ .

When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt

Tickets for following weeks will be released on the Fridays preceding

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Members: Weekend opening bookings June 6th and 7th

Tickets will be available here from Wednesday 3rd June – 8am

Pre-book your ticket for entry for the opening weekends

  1. Click and choose which Date
  2. Then the number of tickets you want.
  3. Go to Basket

If you want more tickets (additional date etc) you will be given the option to ‘continue shopping’.

Your ticket receipt will be ‘virtual’ .

When you arrive we can scan the QR code from your phone or printed out version of your receipt

Tickets for following weeks will be released on the Fridays preceding

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Poetry resources from Ian MacMillan

Gardens inspire poetry, poetry inspires Gardens.

The urge to be creative during lockdown has been fuelled, happily, by many tv programmes, blogs and online memes. Hopefully the creativity will not be lost as we emerge slowly from our hibernation.

The radio poet Ian Macmillan, the Barnsley Bard, works extensively with arts groups in Yorkshire. Attached is a document (.pdf) with some really useful prompts and exercises to get our poetry going – whatever age we are.

Creative Directions Resource Pack  wearedarts.org.uk

One of the styles of poem popular in victorian times was the ‘Acrostic’ .

We’ve had a go — how about you?

Here is Ian’s

Here is ours

What about …..?

 

 

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How many species on your doorstep?

Have you been using the inaturalist wildlife spotting app on your walks out and about Castle Bromwich and surrounds?

The On your Doorstep project run by our friends over in B37 has so far gathered 212 different species of plants, insects, animals and birds….

Our Gardener on site has been participating too – although most of the rest of the staff are working from home..

She reports that there are great tits nesting by our office… we often have a nesting pair in the tall pole of our security cameras… I wonder if they’re there this year?

The On Your Doorstep project goes on for another week – and the app continues after that too.  Do download the free app and use it to report your sitings however modest and ordinary – the more we know about all the wildlife around us, the better we will be able to protect it and enjoy it together.

 

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volunteer weeding the bean tunnel

Beans and Potatoes – plant, grow, eat and support growers.

Planting and growing beans and potatoes has always meant a lot to us in the Gardens

We try to keep some of the really old varieties going, but we have also wanted to encourage people – especially children – to feel confident about growing their own food.

In February and March schools and family visitors have great fun planting beans and volunteer weeding the bean tunnelwatching them grow; at home or in the Gardens. Many of these beans get planted up in our own gardens to make an annual Bean Tunnel.

Come summer the tunnel is a lush green place to crawl in, explore and peek out to the world. And what a revelation … those long green things hanging down are beans you can eat!

Potatoes

Everyone loves a potato. When we can, we grow some of the oldest varieties from 100 or even 300 years ago – a way of ensuring the biodiversity of our food stock is kept.

But also, potatoes are pretty easy – 1 potato planted, makes a whole plate of chips or mash!

hallmoor students celebrate the harvest

 

 

 

 

We usually have two weekly visiting groups from special schools and colleges: Hallmoor School and Trinity Specialist college. We are missing their input and they are missing their visits to the outdoors here. Our gardeners have been looking after their plot  while they’re away… potatoes and beans doing fine. Let’s hope they can harvest them later in the year.

What you can do

The bean tunnel is partially potted up, so hopefully in the summer people can see that. Why not encourage young ones in your household to plant some beans themselves. When you  visit us later they can compare how tall they have grown. Beans, sunflowers and peas are relatively easy now. Here’s a great ‘how to’  from Cbeebies. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/plant-pots?collection=national-gardening-week

 

Even if you are not growing potatoes yourself, you can help the farmers who are.

Good and safe food starts with the growers, but many small growers are struggling to keep up in the current times. Some local organisations have banded together to help. Slow Food Birmingham,  and two of groups we already work with, The Real Junk Food Project and The Active WellBeing Society,   have teamed up for a great project – can you help?

http://slowfoodbirmingham.co.uk/campaigns/?fbclid=IwAR2MmZqEt7m2WjZZ-mBPx4LwYdWRr0X4Dznww3HiVvtX-1sMFwyNP9GORZoThe potato project

Charlie, a farmer north of the city, had a field full of spuds and no prospect of selling them because of the drop in trade in the hospitality sector.

There are 10 tonnes of potatoes

Charlie needs to dig up the potatoes and find new customers fast or let them rot and add to the growing numbers of food that is wasted, before it can be eaten. It’s also important that the growers get a decent price for their work and that the potatoes get to the most vulnerable too.

The organisations above are matching up emergency food needs and the general public.  Click below to see how it works.

Buying, donating, paying forward and receiving spuds… all in one project.

If you can’t participate directly – do spread the word about what we can do to make the future of food security better.

http://slowfoodbirmingham.co.uk/campaigns/?fbclid=IwAR2MmZqEt7m2WjZZ-mBPx4LwYdWRr0X4Dznww3HiVvtX-1sMFwyNP9GORZo

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