We are delighted to announce that Northfield Ecocentre has been awarded a grant from Comic Relief as part of the Heart of England Community Foundation to encourage thriving communities.

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A network of rapid transit buses and trams are at the centre of an ambitious 20-year transport blueprint for England’s second largest city.

Birmingham Connected, a White Paper prepared by the city council, is proposing massive investment to improve public transport to keep the conurbation moving. The proposed package of measures has a price-tag of over £4bn.

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The enthusiastic Eco-warriors from Jervoise School visited the Ecocentre yesterday. A group of 15 from various year levels, they wanted to refresh their knowledge of how to reduce their carbon footprint and get new inspiration to take back to inspire their fellow pupils, school staff and families.

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The Real Junk Food ProjectTHIS EVENT IS POSTPONED. They've just set up a shop in Small Heath and are a little busy at the moment.

The Real Junk Food Project network are running a one-off pop-up kitchen event at Northfield Ecocentre on Tuesday 4th November at 7.30pm. Come and find out about this amazing scheme and what their plans are for Birmingham. Alongside getting some free food you'll be able to hear how you can get involved in supporting this brilliant initiative.

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Apple JuiceUrban Harvest has been in full flow over the last few months with well over half a ton of unwanted fruit picked from gardens and community orchards across the south of Birmingham. Much of this has been distributed to charities, schools and social enterprises in Birmingham, with the rest being juiced or turned into jams and preserves. This means Northfield Ecocentre now has fresh, locally sourced apple juice ready for all you juice connoiseurs out there!

We ask for a donation of £2.50 for each 75cl bottle and all proceeds will help to keep this project going for next years harvest. We've only got a few hundred bottles so get in quick for this great opportunity to taste really local food, it would also make a perfect gift for someone at Christmas.

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Northfield Warm HomesNorthfield Ecocentre is working with a range of local community partners to offer a free energy advice service for people struggling to stay warm this winter. People referred from our partner organisations can receive a Crisis Pack, a Home Energy Visit and a Home Energy Pack all aimed at helping people keep warm and reduce fuel bills.

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It is with very mixed emotions that I announce that I will be leaving the Ecocentre in October to take up a new role leading a Birmingham Third Sector Organisation. I have been involved with the Ecocentre since 2008 when I was recruited to turn the vision into a reality. I have had an amazing journey over the past six years. I have had the privilege to work with amazing people, make some fantastic friends and be involved with projects that are really making a positive difference to the environment and to our community.

When I started six years ago I had never before worked with a Quaker organisations and I have learnt so much about patience, communication, respect and living by example. For these reasons and many others I have found it truly inspiring to work with Friends.

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Good Grub – The Great Northfield Bake Off

We may not all be star bakers but Northfield residents will now be given the chance to improve their culinary skills thanks to three local organisations.

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We've had incredibly fun-filled weeks with all our family outdoor activities this summer that attracted a record number of visitors.

It was good to see plenty of familiar faces returning to take part in more sessions to  learn about the wildlife and trees at Masefield Community Garden but also learning how to build a fire safely, making amazing dens. Above all everybody enjoyed the magical atmosphere of the site... Imagination and creativity were let free and wild!

We were also lucky to welcome a group of energy loaded young people from the neighbouring Masefield Community Centre.

 

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Urban Harvest

Northfield Ecocentre have undertaken the Urban Harvest Project for the last two years.  Each year, groups of volunteers, led by a Coordinator have harvested fruit from residents’ gardens and public spaces; fruit that would normally go to waste due to residents being unable to pick the fruit themselves or because they have an abundance of produce.

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