We're open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday for general public enquiries but we recommend you call beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Coming up from March 2014 we a running a host of fantastic Food growing courses to get you started for the spring growing season. From building raised beds, to composting, Read more
Find out about free cycling activities for all! Read more
In early 2014 join our free workshops & learn about safety checks, punctures, brakes & gears Read more
Free bike hire, bike checks, cycle maintenance and bike ability workshops in Northfield. Read more
Families - make dens, climb trees, build fires for cooking, make knots and learn how to use the tools you need to work successfully with natural materials Read more
Join us at our new Lindsey Avenue site to turn unused bits of land into productive food growing beds Read more
An event for expectant parents or anyone with a young baby who would like to find out about Real Nappies. Read more
Every month we produce an e-newsletter packed full of family, gardening, cycling and energy related activities and information taking place at or near Northfield Ecocentre. Sign up to receive it Read more
Northfield Ecocentre is a charity that works with the local community to help people find ways to live better and protect the environment. Read more
My name is Isabel and I am in Year 11 at Bournville Secondary School. I have been volunteering at the Eco Centre since the 5th February, I come every Wednesday and help out with whatever is needed for a couple of hours. I have to volunteer for 3- 6 months as part of my Duke of Edinburgh silver award as well as do a skill and physical activity. When I first came to Eco Centre i received a really warm welcome from everyone who works here and was show around. When you look around the Eco Centre you can see such a wide variety of things and when you take the time to read the different posters, you're fascinated. Despite being here for only a short period of time I have learnt many new things, such as how a smart metre works and how important it is to save electricity in every possible way. I have been asked to do multiple tasks from little simple things like sorting out the art supplies, to larger tasks such as creating fact sheets to inform visitors on how smart metres work and creating a display to explain about solar panel monitors. All of the activities I have done have been interesting and have helped me to have a better understanding on things that will come in handy when I own my own house. But it has not only been intellectually useful, it has also given me experience in being in a working environment which will also benefit my future. I can't wait for the weeks I have ahead of me so that I can find out even more!
This Saturday we have two fantastic spring gardening courses to to kick start your food growing:
Coming up from March 2014 we a running a host of fantastic Food growing courses to get you started for the spring growing season.
Does your business need to:
Win more work? Reduce Costs? Increase Efficiency?
Exclusively for SMEs in the West Midlands, Northfield Ecocentre is working with the Eco Business project to help.
The project offers both consultancy and implementation support:
Posted in Bloggies on February 19, 2014 by Luke Olly
Changes to the government’s Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced, to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements.
The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.
Question: What have 4R's and Chinese New Year got in common?
Answer: we learnt about them both at EcoKids.
We had a lot of fun at EcoKids this afternoon making Chinese fish kites and learning about the 4 R's: Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We had lots of lovely feedback too:
"What a lovely environment to enjoy activities with your daughter with friendly staff."
EcoKids runs during every school holiday. Find out future dates here.
Have you reduced your energy usage and energy bills by installing energy efficient measures in your home?
Are you willing to show and share your experience with others?
To download the documents and for more information go to our Vacancies Page.
Help get more people on their bike by volunteering with Cycle South Brum.
Cycle South Brum activities will include:
There are lots of ways to get involved with this new project including:
- Developing monitoring systems for free bike hire (particularly support with excel spreadsheets)
- Working with the local community to make sure we are reaching as far and wide as possible
- Developing links with local schools to encourage cycle to school & work days
- Developing routes for group and led bike rides
- Setting up regular group rides.
At the end of November last year, Birmingham City Council launched its vision for transport in Birmingham over the next 30 years. At the core of this vision is a network of 'rapid transit' buses with their own segregated space, taking space away from general motor traffic and encourage a shift away from the use of cars.
Push Bikes supports BMAP because the plan clearly states that cycles are an essential element of creating a better Birmingham. We are concerned, however, that shared-use footpaths are presented in the consultation document as possible long-term solutions for cycle users. Push Bikes argues that shared-use footpaths involve too many compromises to be a proper solution for cycle users, and that Birmingham City Council should follow European best practice in cycle infrastructure design.
The consultation finishes this Friday (24th January). Please make sure that you have responded to the consultation by following this link: Birmingham Mobility Action Plan consultation.