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Construction & regeneration
24 Jul 2020 - Stephen Giles
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The Construction of Symphony Hall - July 2020

Designed to reconnect the city through the world class musical offerings at Symphony Hall, the new development is already a prominent new addition to Centenary Square.

Click 'view full post' for a wonderful set of images showcasing the development, with pictures from Stephen, Elliott and Daniel.

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The Construction of Symphony Hall - July 2020





Designed to reconnect the city through the world class musical offerings at Symphony Hall, the new development is already a prominent new addition to Centenary Square.

Click 'view full post' for a wonderful set of images showcasing the development, with pictures from Stephen, Elliott and Daniel.


TWITTER: Buildsweare

22nd July:

Photos by Stephen Giles

20th July:

Photos by Daniel Sturley

14th July:

Photos by Elliott Brown

AND HOW THE FRONTAGE WILL LOOK

A new application has surfaced showcasing revised plans for the metal gates/ decorated screens incorporating signage. These can be seen below:

The latest proposed artists impressions from Page/Park Architects.

PROJECT TEAM: 
DEVELOPER: Birmingham Performances Ltd
ARCHITECTS: Page\Park Architects 
CONTRACTOR: Galliford Try Construction
PROJECT MANAGER: David Stanley Consulting
COST CONSULTANT: PMP Consultants
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL: Max Fordham LLP
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: ARUP
WEBSITE: https://making-an-entrance.thsh.co.uk/
TWITTER: Buildsweare

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Art, culture & creativity
22 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Forward in Unity by Gent 48 on Meriden Street, Digbeth

While I've been aware of this Gent 48 street art in Digbeth, I wasn't able to travel into the City Centre until I could go on the bus again. With my pass sorted for a 4 week period, I got the bus up to Digbeth, and made my way to Meriden Street. Initally thought it was on Allison Street but couldn't see it there. Behind an old snooker club. Gates locked so took from pavement.

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Forward in Unity by Gent 48 on Meriden Street, Digbeth





While I've been aware of this Gent 48 street art in Digbeth, I wasn't able to travel into the City Centre until I could go on the bus again. With my pass sorted for a 4 week period, I got the bus up to Digbeth, and made my way to Meriden Street. Initally thought it was on Allison Street but couldn't see it there. Behind an old snooker club. Gates locked so took from pavement.


Forward in Unity by Gent 48

It has been around 4 months since I was last able to travel to Digbeth. And many things have changed since then. The street art is mostly the same.

Foka Wolf has done a Love NHS heart at the Custard Factory.

Meanwhile famed Birmingham street artist Gent 48 (known for his murals all over Digbeth and Southside) was commissioned to paint Forward in Unity.

It is located on Meriden Street, and an open area just behind a snooker club. Never noticed it before as there used to be billboards on this side.

The gates were locked on Saturday 18th July 2020, so I got these 7 photos (below) from the pavement. I will leave the photos to do the talking.

Thank you NHS and thank you to all keyworkers. Stay alert. Wear a face covering on public transport (and shops from the 24th July 2020).

Also check out Gent 48's murals around the Chinese Quarter and Southside including a recent one in Bath Passage.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown. Thanks for all the followers.

 

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Art, culture & creativity
21 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Famed Brummie street artist Gent 48 spruces up Bath Passage for the Southside BID

During the Great Lockdown of 2020, the Southside Business Improvement District had commissioned famous local Birmingham street artist known as Gent 48 to spruce up Bath Passage. A little known hidden area between Dudley Street and Ladywell Walk in the Chinese Quarter. It looks nice now. It looks like the Southside BID might be turning this area into some kind of stage or square?

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Famed Brummie street artist Gent 48 spruces up Bath Passage for the Southside BID





During the Great Lockdown of 2020, the Southside Business Improvement District had commissioned famous local Birmingham street artist known as Gent 48 to spruce up Bath Passage. A little known hidden area between Dudley Street and Ladywell Walk in the Chinese Quarter. It looks nice now. It looks like the Southside BID might be turning this area into some kind of stage or square?


GENT 48'S

BATH PASSAGE

SOUTHSIDE

STREET ART

I'd like to thank the Enjoy Southside Twitter for letting me know months in advance about this, and for also welcoming me back to the City Centre, after not being able to get there during 4 months in lockdown.

After popping to the Caffe Nero on the Bullring link bridge for the first time in months (and since they reopened), I headed towards Southside. During a walk around town on Saturday 18th July 2020, I'd earlier walked around Digbeth. Almost went down Hurst Street from Smallbrook Queensway, but spotted this from the bridge, so went down the spiral staircase from the Bullring (near Debenhams) and got it from Dudley Street.

I will leave the photos to do the talking from Bath Row. The art is by Gent 48.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown. Thanks for all the followers.

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Environment & green action
20 Jul 2020 - Elliott Brown
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From Moor Green Lane into Holders Lane Woods

Did you know that you can get into some woods from Moor Green Lane in Selly Park and walk all the way into Cannon Hill Park? This is the Holders Lane Woods. Also here is the Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields, which runs alongside the River Rea. You can go for a pleasant walk around Holders Lane Woods. There is also an entrance on Holders Lane in Moseley itself.

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From Moor Green Lane into Holders Lane Woods





Did you know that you can get into some woods from Moor Green Lane in Selly Park and walk all the way into Cannon Hill Park? This is the Holders Lane Woods. Also here is the Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields, which runs alongside the River Rea. You can go for a pleasant walk around Holders Lane Woods. There is also an entrance on Holders Lane in Moseley itself.


Holders Lane Woods

I used to wonder how you would get into the back entrance of Cannon Hill Park. Before I figured it out, I used to walk down to the Russell Road entrance. But I later found a way in from Moor Green Lane in Selly Park. There is also an entrance into Holders Lane Woods from Holders Lane in Moseley. Either entrance are a good start for a walk into Cannon Hill Park, joining onto the Rea Valley Route. If you wanted to, you could walk all the way from Kings Heath Park, then into Highbury Park, then into Cannon Hill Park, but only if you went down Moor Green Lane.

Not far from the woods is the Holders Lane Playing Fields (Pebble Mill Playing Fields is on the other side of the River Rea and isn't very visible from the woods). There is a car park in the woods called Cannon Hill Park, Holders Lane South Carpark. But if the gate was closed (as it was during lockdown) you can park outside the woods on Holders Lane itself. The Moor Green Allotments is also quite close to the Holders Lane entrance.

You can find a Conservation Group on Twitter about the Holders Woods.

2018

My first walk into Holders Lane Woods was during April 2018. Getting in from Moor Green Lane in Selly Park. Days earlier I had walked the Rea Valley Route getting on from Second Avenue in Selly Park and crossing a footbridge over the River Rea. Later exiting at Holders Lane. A couple of days later I returned, but this time got in from Moor Green Lane and exited at Holders Lane.

From Moor Green Lane I went up Brockley Grove to the entrance of the woods just beyond that gate. A man running ahead of me. It is close to the Moor Green Lane Medical Centre.

This sign welcomes you to the Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields. Dog owners are being told to keep their dog beheaved, pick up their mess etc.

The path going straight ahead. The trees were a bit bare at this point.

The path curving around the trees.

Then you get to a sign saying Welcome to Cannon Hill Park & Holders Lane Woods.

View of one of the Holders Lane Playing Fields. There is views of Old Joe from around here.

Into the woods itself. Trees seem to have had surgery at the time. But would be in leaf within a month.

Was a bit of a dirt path going through the woods here.

The paths splitting in two directions.

In the car park saw this Evergreen container.

2019

Second walk through the woods in August 2019. This time walked all the way from Moor Green Lane and into Cannon Hill Park for the first time via a slightly different route to the year before.

In high summer the trees were lush and green.

Heading past the same sign as before, go this way into Cannon Hill Park via Holders Lane Woods.

Looks so different in here with all the leaves fully on the trees. Hard to believe that this is within Birmingham!

The same woods that I passed before but the leaves were fully grown back.

Heading up a leafy avenue of trees up this path.

One of the small footbridges to cross over.

You can tell that lower down branches have been cut off by tree surgeons in the past.

There was a second footbridge to cross over. Looks suitable to ride your bike over it.

Nearing the end of the woods.

Last view of the woods before going onto the Rea Valley Route and into Cannon Hill Park.

2020

The most recent walk around Holders Lane Woods was as the lockdown was eased during May 2020. Parking on Holders Lane and a walk around Cannon Hill Park. Later walking back via the Rea Valley Route, we had a walk around the woods, down a side path.

First up, a look at the empty Holders Lane Playing Fields as we walk towards Cannon Hill Park.

The Council had cut the grass into strips for social distancing (for the 2 metre rule) in the Holders Lane Playing Fields.

Could see a man in the distance trying it out.

Later heading back into the woods after going up the Rea Valley Route.

A lot of tree coverage above these paths.

Saw some cow parsley growing along this dirt path.

Another view of the Holders Lane Playing Fields with the field mown into stripes.

Now heading into the woods proper.

Somewhere to sit in the woods. But remember to keep your social distance!

Was some bluebells growing in the long grass.

It looks so peaceful in the woods here. As the sunlight comes through and the shadows all around.

After going as far as Moor Green Lane / Brockley Grove we turned back. Another view of the Holders Lane Playing Fields. The Muirhead Tower at the University of Birmingham was visible from here.

More trees looking lush and green as we headed back through the woods.

You can take the main path, but there is side paths. And dog walkers are welcome. Although I've seen them off the leash in here!

Before we left, I noticed this boggy water area. After this headed back to Holders Lane to end the walk and go home.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown. Thanks for all the followers.

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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.

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).

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Another part of the box hedges in the Knot Garden.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown. Thanks for all the followers.

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