Staffordshire news and blogs Sunday 21 January 2018



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Bench remembers Paul 

11 Jan 18

We ’ re remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend.

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8 gardening hacks using everyday household items 

24 Nov 17

Gardening is incredibly rewarding, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

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New Green Party councillor with Birmingham links 

24 Nov 17

Herefordshire Greens decisively gained a seat from the Conservatives in yesterday’s by-election.

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A new chapter begins … a new Director 

6 Nov 17

2017 has been the year we have celebrated 20 years of Community Gardening, dedicated a building to former patron Mollie Martineau and begun the refurbishment of the Pavilion.

Distraction burglar preyed on elderly couple 

30 Sep 17

A MAN tricked his way into an elderly couple’s house in Burton and stole thousands of pounds from them is being tracked by the police.

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Carrying the Shopping can Improve Strength in Over 65s 

29 Sep 17

Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists.

New gardening club brings together young and older residents in Oldbury 

25 Sep 17

Community-spirited young people and older residents are getting together as part of a new gardening club in Oldbury.

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A building that won’t cost the earth 

19 Sep 17

Week: 2 The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal Refurbishing our Pavilion means Martineau Gardens can continue to be the place where people, plants and wildlife meet.

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Steve’s Allotment – Some big changes [VIDEO] 

5 Sep 17

It’s been over a year since my last video and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to and some changes I’ve made on the plot.

White van fly tipping in lay by near No 36 Washbrook Lane, 2230 4 September 2017, 5th September 

5 Sep 17

A quantity of broken childrens toys, gardening equipment general household rubbish dumped.

Singalong fun in the Ankerside garden 

18 Aug 17

CHILDREN from in and around Tamworth had a glorious time at the town’s shopping centre last week, as Ankerside in Bloom returned for another free day of garden-themed fun and games.

Ankerside in Bloom heads to centre’s Stay & Play morning  

14 Aug 17

THE town’s shopping centre will be continuing its summer of garden-themed fun next week as Stay Play returns for free seed planting, crafts and games.

Wednesbury in Bloom celebrates gardeners’ talents 

31 Jul 17

Keen gardeners in Wednesbury have been getting their borders and baskets in fine fettle in time for the town’s gardening competition.

Lowlife steals from Goscote Greenacres Community Garden for… 

5 Jul 17

A DESPICABLE ‘lowlife’ seen stealing from a centre for disabled has been branded a lowlife.

This semi in Quinton takes gorilla gardening to another level 

4 Jul 17

The exotic garden room is lorded over by a giant ape and it really is something very special…

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Village in Bloom Art Competition 2017 

2 Jul 17

As part of the annual Village in Bloom Campaign the team organise an Art Competition for children in the area with a relevant theme.

Wildlife gardening expert talk to kick off Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group’s 10th anniversary celebrations 

9 Jun 17

An award-winning community organisation is set to begin its tenth anniversary celebrations.

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George makes the cut! 

24 May 17

A new apprentice member of staff is making the cut as part of our gardening team.

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Glovax adventure gloves review 

20 May 17

This is a long overdue review.

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Scrap Craft – The Art Of Making Do & Being Unique 

18 May 17

Ever heard of scrap craft? According to gardening guru Guardian columnist, Alys Fowler , in her superbly sensible book, The Thrifty Gardener , it’s when you reuse or recycle unwanted items into something useful.

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TV visits Martineau Gardens 

10 May 17

As part of our celebrations for our anniversary celebrating twenty years of community gardening here at Martineau Gardens, we were delighted to have a visit from ‘Made in Birmingham TV’ to help us share our good news .

Sandwell’s Ceramic Garden to bloom at Malvern Spring Festival 

8 May 17

A display of 1,200 beautiful hand-made ceramic flowers and 500 mini beasts, made as part of a Sandwell arts project, will receive national attention at a top gardening show.

Local news
Council: It’s DIY season, so beware of doorstep sales and deals 

30 Apr 17

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director of Place at Birmingham City Council is urging local residents to be vigilant as rogue traders could be knocking on your door as the bank holidays and DIY season approaches.

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It’s DIY time – so beware of doorstep sales and deals 

25 Apr 17

Jacqui Kennedy – Acting Strategic Director for Place Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director of Place, urges people to be vigilant as rogue traders could be knocking on your door as the bank holidays – and DIY season – approaches.

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Back with a Bullitt… 

20 Apr 17

No post for over a week? Where does the time go eh? Mainly painting ruddy decking and gardening in my case – oh my rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – but we won’t go into that right now.