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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
12 Jul 2023 - Elliott Brown
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Gold winning 2023 Birmingham Parks re-creation of the Chelsea Flower Show piece at Cannon Hill Park

In May 2023, Cofton Nursery on behalf of Birmingham City Council, once again won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show with their winning entry Birmingham Parks. In July 2023, they are re-creating it at Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston. Located close to Mini Golf and the tennis courts. Was a rainy day when I found it.

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Gold winning 2023 Birmingham Parks re-creation of the Chelsea Flower Show piece at Cannon Hill Park





In May 2023, Cofton Nursery on behalf of Birmingham City Council, once again won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show with their winning entry Birmingham Parks. In July 2023, they are re-creating it at Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston. Located close to Mini Golf and the tennis courts. Was a rainy day when I found it.


Usually Cofton Nursery would split their Gold winning Chelsea Flower Show display between Victoria Square and Cathedral Square. But Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre is unavailable due to the public realm works, and the renovation works at the Birmingham Council House, and Cathedral Square not used this time, maybe as the Cathedral is under scaffolding for the Divine Beauty project.

 

But in the past, Cofton Nursery have put previous Chelsea Flower Show winning displays in Cannon Hill Park (or part of the displays).

In July 2023, they installed a partial re-creation of their winning entry in Cannon Hill Park, located close to Mini Golf and the tennis courts.

It is called Birmingham Parks.

 

It was raining a lot on the walk into the park from the Pershore Road entrance (near the Wildlife Conservation Park) and the bridges near the Queen's Ride car park.

But the rain started to slow down or stop by the time I located the piece.

It looks a bit incomplete.

They will probably complete it in a few weeks time when they have more staff to do it. Looks good so far.

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Elliott Brown History & heritage
10 Jul 2023 - Elliott Brown
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The 6888 US Army African American women's postal unit at King Edward's School in 1945

Did you know that in 1945 at King Edward's School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, that The U.S. Women's Army Corps 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was based at King Edward's School to sort the backlog of post, in the last year of the Second World War? This little known story is being turned into a Netflix film. It was also featured on BBC Midlands Today.

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The 6888 US Army African American women's postal unit at King Edward's School in 1945





Did you know that in 1945 at King Edward's School in Edgbaston, Birmingham, that The U.S. Women's Army Corps 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was based at King Edward's School to sort the backlog of post, in the last year of the Second World War? This little known story is being turned into a Netflix film. It was also featured on BBC Midlands Today.


The fascinating story about the Six Triple Eight was featured on BBC Midlands Today on Wednesday 5th July 2023. Descendants of the African American US Army members of the 6888 unit, recently journeyed to Birmingham, and visited King Edward's School. More information at the link below from BBC Midlands Today.

Six Triple Eight: The battalion of black women erased from history

 

The blue plaque was unveiled to the side of the gates on the Bristol Road entrance near Vince House in 2019, near The Andrew Brode Sports Centre. Members of the 6888 division was based at King Edward's School during 1945.

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Photos taken on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston at King Edward's School during September 2020 by Elliott Brown.

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Your Place Your Space Green open spaces
18 Jun 2023 - Your Place Your Space
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Gardens at Winterbourne House - stunning!

A visit to Winterbourne House gardens is highly recommended. Here we share some photography taken by follower of Birmingham Gems, Jack Babbington during a visit to Winterbourne House in June 2023.  Enjoy!

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Gardens at Winterbourne House - stunning!





A visit to Winterbourne House gardens is highly recommended. Here we share some photography taken by follower of Birmingham Gems, Jack Babbington during a visit to Winterbourne House in June 2023.  Enjoy!


Here is a selection of stunning photography of Winterbourne House Gardens.  

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We hope you have enjoyed our photography.

Why not go and experience this great Birmingham Gem for yourself.

Thank you Jack Babbington for sharing his photography.

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Elliott Brown Green open spaces
18 Jun 2023 - Elliott Brown
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Secret Garden summer 2023 bloom at the Library of Birmingham

Get the lift up to level 7 to experience the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham in full bloom, this summer 2023! The views may have got a bit the same and boring (nothing new). But there is benches to sit down if you want, and enjoy the sunshine and the flowers. We also had a look at the Secret Garden during spring 2023, a few months earlier.

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Secret Garden summer 2023 bloom at the Library of Birmingham





Get the lift up to level 7 to experience the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham in full bloom, this summer 2023! The views may have got a bit the same and boring (nothing new). But there is benches to sit down if you want, and enjoy the sunshine and the flowers. We also had a look at the Secret Garden during spring 2023, a few months earlier.


A visit to the Secret Garden on the 25th April 2023. Remember if you come up here, do not use your drone! It is not allowed!

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In mid spring, the flowers were looking quite lush on the seventh floor garden terrace.

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Red flowers seen at the Secret Garden on the 1st June 2023. Google Lens say that they are Avens.

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The quick visit of the 14th June 2023. The flowers and plants are in full bloom, the sky was blue, and it was hot during the June Summer 2023 heatwave!

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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Elliott Brown Art; Culture & creativity
18 Jun 2023 - Elliott Brown
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LEGO Elton John Giraffe

Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th June 2023, the LEGO Giraffe was dressed up by the people behind the Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham at the Utilita Arena Birmingham. Sir Elton John performed his last ever concert at the arena over the weekend. By Monday, the LDCB team removed the Elton John LEGO pieces.

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LEGO Elton John Giraffe





Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th June 2023, the LEGO Giraffe was dressed up by the people behind the Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham at the Utilita Arena Birmingham. Sir Elton John performed his last ever concert at the arena over the weekend. By Monday, the LDCB team removed the Elton John LEGO pieces.


Sir Elton John was on his Elton Farewell Tour at the Utilita Arena Birmingham on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023. And the team at Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham celebrated by dressing up there LEGO Giraffe with Elton John sunglasses and high heel red boots.

These views below seen on Sunday 11th June 2023.

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You could also buy Elton John merchandise in the trailer behind. T-shirts going at £40!

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The Brindley Cruises narrowboat seen from the Sheepcote Street Bridge on the Birmingham Canal Navigations Mainline, passing LDC Birmingham and the Elton John Lego Giraffe (on the left).

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By the week commencing 12th June 2023, the LEGO Giraffe went back to normal. This view from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham taken on the 14th June 2023. Elton John no more!

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Photography by Elliott Brown

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