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07 Sep 2020 - Elliott Brown
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West Heath Park on the August Bank Holiday Monday

Had another park visit to a park I've not been to before now. West Heath Park. It was the August Bank Holiday Monday. The park has these various portals to enter that look like Stargates. There is also a playground / play area with a basketball court. Good for walks, runs and cycles. Not far from Kings Norton.

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West Heath Park on the August Bank Holiday Monday





Had another park visit to a park I've not been to before now. West Heath Park. It was the August Bank Holiday Monday. The park has these various portals to enter that look like Stargates. There is also a playground / play area with a basketball court. Good for walks, runs and cycles. Not far from Kings Norton.


West Heath Park

West Heath Park is located between Longbridge and Kings Norton in the West Heath area of South Birmingham. Between Staple Lodge Road, Oddingley Road (at the north end of the park) down to Rednal Road (to the south). Paths criss-cross the park and there is at least two playgrounds / play areas. The first is close to the Oddingley Road and the second near the Rednal Road entrance. There is also a basketball court next to the first play area. Mostly just wide open fields with trees all around.

On this visit we walked down and around the paths from Oddingley Road towards the Rednal Road exit. Then headed up Rednal Road and Vardon Way, before re-entering the park from a cul-de-sac called Thomson Avenue (which has two paths leading in and out of the park). It was the August Bank Holiday Monday. 31st August 2020.

 

Parking on Oddingley Road, I first headed to the West Heath Park roundel / portal / gateway. There is similar portals, a bit like Stargates all around the park.

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First view of the play area / playground close to the Oddingley Road entrance.

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There didn't appear to be any children playing at this play area.

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There was also outdoor gym equipment.

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A view of distant modern houses down on Oddingley Road.

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Passing a wide open field with grass cut at different levels.

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It doesn't take long to walk around this park towards Rednal Road.

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Another view of those new houses on Oddingley Road.

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Spliting paths.

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Another path to take.

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The path to Rednal Road.

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Up ahead was the portal exit to Rednal Road.

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View of the Rednal Road portal from outside of the park. Next was the walk towards Vardon Way.

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After the walk along Rednal Road, and up Vardon Way, we got back into the park from these gates at the end of Thomson Avenue.

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View of the playground / play area near Rednal Road. There was at least one dad and his son here.

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The path back into the park from the Thomson Avenue entrance.

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Saw a squirrel.

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On the path back down towards Oddingley Road.

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The basketball court and some residential tower blocks under scaffolding.

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Over the bushes saw this wall with graffiti all over it.

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There was also this teenager hangout shelter near the basketball court and play area near Oddingley Road.

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After this we drove to Kings Norton Park for the next walk. Which will be detailed in a separate post.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Stephen Giles Construction & regeneration
03 Aug 2020 - Stephen Giles
News & Updates

Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July and August 2020

The structural steelwork has officially been constructed at the top of the building, with the elegant glass facade quickly catching up, and it's looking pristine. However, the best is yet to come!

Click the post for a tremendous gallery of update photos from Daniel, Stephen, and Elliott. 

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Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July and August 2020





The structural steelwork has officially been constructed at the top of the building, with the elegant glass facade quickly catching up, and it's looking pristine. However, the best is yet to come!

Click the post for a tremendous gallery of update photos from Daniel, Stephen, and Elliott. 


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As the pictures show, the steelwork has reached the top floor, with the buildings stylish facade rapidly coming along.

The next phase of development will see the design & manufacturing of the glass facade (Focchi Group) for the top floor lantern restaurant, where restaurateurs will benefit from 8 metre high ceilings & breath-taking 360o views of the city. We cannot wait!

Enjoy the update.

1st August:

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Photos by Stephen Giles.

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31st July:

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29th July:

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25th July:

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24th July:

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21st July

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Photos by Elliott Brown.

21st July:

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Photos by Stephen Giles.

18 July:

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Photos by Elliott Brown.

 
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Elliott Brown Green open spaces
20 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
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The Shakespeare Garden at Lightwoods House & Park

I've only managed to go into the Shakespeare Garden once at Lightwoods House & Park. That was during November 2017, after the house and other structures in the park were fully restored. It was usually open daily from 10am until 4pm. But on my last visit to the park in June 2020 it was closed (probably due to the pandemic and lockdown). Would be nice to go into it again soon

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The Shakespeare Garden at Lightwoods House & Park





I've only managed to go into the Shakespeare Garden once at Lightwoods House & Park. That was during November 2017, after the house and other structures in the park were fully restored. It was usually open daily from 10am until 4pm. But on my last visit to the park in June 2020 it was closed (probably due to the pandemic and lockdown). Would be nice to go into it again soon


The Shakespeare Garden at Lightwoods Park & House

Some history about The Shakespeare Garden from the official Lightwoods Park & House website.

The garden was established in 1915 within the house's former walled gardens. The restored gardens was named after the bard William Shakespeare, and the shrubs were named after the playwrights works. The garden was designed on an Elizabethan theme. The garden is open to the public and is a fantastic venue for a variety of events. The idea for a Shakespeare Garden was conceived by Councillor G. Johnson, who was then Chairman of the Parks Committee, and was opened by the Lord Mayor, Alderman W. Bowater on the 22nd July 1915. The Elizabethan themed garden has a "knot garden", herb and fruit garden, containing many of the plants mentioned in Shakespeare's plays.

The garden was formerly the kitchen garden to Lightwoods Hall which at one point was the residence of Sir Francis Galton.

 

2011

My first glimpse of the Shakespeare Garden was from outside the gate during March 2011. It was not open on the day of my visit, and was before it was restored. So could only have a look through the locked gate at the time.

Shakespeare Garden sign on the wall from the outside.

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The ornate gate to the garden was padlocked, so couldn't go in (might have been the weekend so would have been closed any way).

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Flower bed outside the Shakespeare Garden to the left of the gate. Lots of yellows and some pinks and reds here.

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A look through the gate. Was some daffodils growing on the left near the big tree.

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Trying to get the view of the garden to the left of the big tree.

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2017

A visit to Lightwoods Park in November 2017. The house was restored, and the Shakespeare Garden was open, so I went in and had a look (was probably a weekday).

Being that it was late autumn, and almost winter at the time, the trees were mostly bare of leaves.

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A main path down the middle of the garden towards those trellises.

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In the middle was the Knot Garden with the box hedges. You can see Lightwoods House from here which is to the left.

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In 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II this green plaque was unveiled about John Tradescant (1608 - 1662) who was a Royal Gardener. There was also a stone sculpture of him to the left of the plaque. From the Smethwick Local History Society.

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A lot of bright sunshine under the trellises towards the fountain in the centre.

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A close up look at the fountain. Was some benches around it to sit on.

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The far end of the garden down the main path. Lightwoods House to the right.

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Another part of the box hedges in the Knot Garden.

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2020

Early June 2020, and my first time back in Lightwoods Park for almost 3 years. While there, went past Lightwoods House and the Shakespeare Garden. But the gate was locked. Probably due to the pandemic / lockdown (I would assume that it has since reopened since my last visit).

Looks like they had installed a new gate here. I must have walked through it in 2017, so what happened to the old gate?

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With the new gate being locked, I again had to look at the garden through it. The grass was looking a bit long.

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Long grass on the border to the right. Flowers of pink and red colours.

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I couldn't see many more flowers to the left, just all looking green towards the box hedges to the far left.

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Outside was this sign with the opening hours of 10am to 4pm daily. No dogs are allowed in the garden, nor is bikes, scooters or skateboards. Children must be supervised.

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Hopefully the garden was allowed to reopen as of July 2020. I look forward to going into it again in the future.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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17 Jul 2020 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July 2020

103 Colmore Row is so close to structural completion now with one of the last beams being installed on 17th July. Here are various views of 103 Colmore Row in July 2020. Did you know that it is in direct line of sight of Castle Bromwich Hall? Ellliott has returned to the City Centre for the first time in over 100 days of lockdown and has got some close up views while in town. 

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The Construction of 103 Colmore Row - July 2020





103 Colmore Row is so close to structural completion now with one of the last beams being installed on 17th July. Here are various views of 103 Colmore Row in July 2020. Did you know that it is in direct line of sight of Castle Bromwich Hall? Ellliott has returned to the City Centre for the first time in over 100 days of lockdown and has got some close up views while in town. 


10th July 2020 from Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

103 Colmore Row can be seen directly down the hill from Castle Bromwich Hall.

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There is also a field on Colebridge Way in Castle Bromwich which had this view (below).

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13th July 2020 from Cathedral Square and Colmore Row

My first time back in the City in over 100 plus days of lockdown.

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14th July 2020 (Bastille Day in the France) - From Centenary Way with Big Brum.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité , Vive la France. BM & AG is still closed for the foreseeable future.

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16th July 2020 from Colmore Square

The square unusually quiet at lunchtime, with most office workers yet to go back to work. Colmore Gate was looking taller than 103 Colmore Row here. Just the odd person on a bicycle.

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Photos above by Elliott Brown.

 

17th July 2020

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14th July 2020

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8th July 2020

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Photos by Daniel Sturley

Don't forget that there are many more photos of this build in the full 103 Colmore Row Gallery

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Elliott Brown Green open spaces
13 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

From Moseley Bog towards Windermere Park

Back in April 2020, earlier in the lockdown, we had a walk around Moseley Bog. Starting from the Sarehole Mill Car Park via the Recreation Ground and Green Road ford. We entered the bog as usual from Pensby Close (off Wake Green Road). Around the usual decking. Ending up in Windermere Park, before the walk back down Wake Green Road to the starting point.

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From Moseley Bog towards Windermere Park





Back in April 2020, earlier in the lockdown, we had a walk around Moseley Bog. Starting from the Sarehole Mill Car Park via the Recreation Ground and Green Road ford. We entered the bog as usual from Pensby Close (off Wake Green Road). Around the usual decking. Ending up in Windermere Park, before the walk back down Wake Green Road to the starting point.


Moseley Bog

Welcome to my second post on Moseley Bog. Almost forgot about this one. Then saw a piece on BBC Midlands Today on the 8th July 2020, reminding me of the last walk around the Bog back in early April 2020. During the first few weeks of the lockdown.

You can find my original post on Moseley Bog here: Moseley Bog from my 2012 and 2016 visits.

I previously posted some of my April 2020 photos in this post here: J. R. R. Tolkien in Sarehole from 1896 - 1900.

 

Making our way to the Pensby Close entrance of Moseley Bog, the walk took us up the wooden decking amongst the woods of trees. Before ending up walking through the Windermere Park or Windermere Playing Field. Exiting at Windermere Road. Before walking back down Wake Green Road past Moseley School. The walk had started from the Sarehole Mill Car Park, then via the Sarehole Mill Recreation Ground. Crossing over the Green Road ford, then heading up Green Road to Wake Green Road. Was hoping to find a route to the Yardley Wood Road entrance / exit, but ended up finding the Windermere Park / Playing Field instead.

 

Entering Moseley Bog from Pensby Close, saw this stream. Possibly the Coldbath Brook that goes from Moseley Golf Club to Sarehole Mill.

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Heading onto the decking for a safe walk around the Bog without getting your shoes muddy (hopefully).

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Another view of the stream (Coldbath Brook). Why would someone litter a can in it. It's not a bin! Dispose of your waste correctly, or take it home and bin it.

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Another view of the Coldbath Brook.

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The decking here is just three planks of wood bolted together on the ground.

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Blue building behind the trees. It's Saint Bernard's Catholic Primary School on Wake Green Road.

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No decking here. Just a dirt path with exposed tree roots. And the odd stone brick above the ground.

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Back to cross over the decking. Wouldn't want to go into the bog there!

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There is what looks like exposed staples as you go around the decking. Hopefully to enable people walking over it to keep a grip and not fall into the bog!

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Another section of the wooden decking, with exposed stables on the surface.

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Fallen trees around the bog and a body of water.

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Onto another section of decking here.

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This decking turns left at a right angle. Had some nice shadows in the sunshine.

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Near the end of this decking.

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A nice looking tree in the wood. The ground was all soil here. This leads up the hill to the Windermere Park.

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One last look at the wood near the Windermere Park / Playing Field.

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First look at the Windermere Park or Playing Field. Saw that goalpost.

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And finally the walk through the Windermere Park (or Playing Field). Exiting onto Windermere Road. Would go past the Pickwick Cricket Club before going back onto the Wake Green Road.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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