Street parties, e-cargo bike trials and a bat walk in and around Birmingham during week of green fun

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"It is an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to show how important nature and the climate is to them"

Brummies are taking part in the UK’s Great Big Green Week to show how they want to protect nature and see climate action - and how they want their MPs to catch up.

Green Week co-ordinators the Climate Coalition are encouraging people to come together to swap products or habits to a greener way of living.

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Last year, more than 250,000 people nationally took part in the annual celebration of community action. Groups involved this year come from as far north as Ullapool and as far south as Jersey.

Fruit and Nut Village volunteers tend to Pebble Mill Playing Fields Forest Garden, Selly ParkFruit and Nut Village volunteers tend to Pebble Mill Playing Fields Forest Garden, Selly Park
Fruit and Nut Village volunteers tend to Pebble Mill Playing Fields Forest Garden, Selly Park

Events kicked off in Birmingham at the weekend with the Big Paddle Clean Up, a litter pick by kayak along the canal; the annual Lark in the Park in Northfield’s Manor Farm Park; Growing Up Green in Sparkhill Park; and charity Patchwork Meadow giving out free wildflower seeds.

On Saturday a community street party in partly-pedestrianised Northbrook Street in Ladywood, with a cycle maintenance stall and a planter-building workshop, was “a wonderful success,” says John Munro of Better Streets for Birmingham. “It brought together neighbours to celebrate this patch of street space people don’t need to own cars to access”.

Activities this week in and around the city include:

MONDAY 10th JUNEBellboating and Bird Count, Sutton Coldfield Enjoy a relaxing morning on the water, getting up close to wildlife and learning about conservation.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/bellboating-and-bird-count/

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Growing Up Green festival in Dudley Borough, 2023Growing Up Green festival in Dudley Borough, 2023
Growing Up Green festival in Dudley Borough, 2023

TUESDAY 11th JUNEGoodGym Coventry X Great Big Green Week, Spon End, CoventryA friendly group that combines exercise with helping out in the local community. Meet at Coventry Boys and Girls Club at 6.15pm to run to The Food Union allotments.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/goodgym-coventry-x-great-big-green-week-food-union-allotments/

WEDNESDAY 12th JUNECommunity Fun Day, Winson GreenNorman Street will be closed off to encourage local people into the park for a day of activities.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/community-fun-day/

THURSDAY 13th JUNERetrofit Stall and e-cargo bike trials, SolihullFree drop-in to chat to council officers and advice charity Act on Energy on making home energy efficiency upgrades. E-cargo bike trials for small businesses from 11am-2pm.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/solihull-council-retrofit-stall-and-e-cargo-bike-trials/

FRIDAY 14th JUNEWarwickshire Bat Walk, WarwickDiscover which bats are living in the area with the Warwickshire Bat Group. Bring a torch, wear warm clothes and strong footwear.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/bat-walk-2/

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SATURDAY 15th JUNEEcohub Community Open Event, SmethwickExplore the new Eco Hub on Perrott Street. Plant wetland species around the pond area and enjoy food, music and family activities.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/ecohub-community-open-event/

Kidical Mass, WolverhamptonA mass cycle for all the family from East Park to Molineux Stadium.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kidical-mass-wolverhampton-cycle-from-east-park-to-molineux-stadium-tickets-861821821267

SUNDAY 16th JUNELitterpick and a Picnic in the Park, StourbridgeLitter picking, crafts and refreshments in Mary Stevens Park.greatbiggreenweek.com/events/litter-pick-and-picnic-in-the-park/

Helen Meech, Executive Director of The Climate Coalition, says: “Great Big Green Week is an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to show how important nature and the climate is to them, and to swap ideas on what we can all do to lead greener lives".

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