Foraging Walk – Saturday 13th Sept

Foraging-WalkAfternoon guided foraging walk round Lickey Hills

Date: Saturday 13th Sept
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Meet: The Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Birmingham, B45 8ER (map) at 2pm

Donation: £3 (suggested)

“I’ll be able to identify sweet chestnuts, bilberries, raspberries and hazelnuts among others there. Information about trees and management of the land, interesting fire lighting material and uses of tree sap”  Owen Raybould

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Date: Saturday 4th October – 7pm

TALK: Wild edibles and ancestral human nutrition: What can it teach us? by Owen Raybould

Where: Quaker Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR

FILM: 97% Owned – Saturday 5th April

our-money-systemA documentary film screening about Money, Debt & Bankers (97% Owned)

Date: Saturday 5th April at 7.30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1UR (map)

Money is at the root of our social and economic crisis. A debt-based monetary system that gives private banks the power to create money from nothing. Then millions of ordinary people suffer when money and finance systems breaks down.

The monetary reform documentary  97% Owned features interviews and commentary from economists, campaigners and former bankers

Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn’t know how banking really works, because if they did, “there’d be a revolution before tomorrow morning”

Questions and Discussion

We hope to have guests from Positive Money Birmingham to help answer questions after the film

All Welcome   |   Tea and Cake   |   Entry by Donation


Positive Moneys Ben Dyson speaks on Radio 4
Ben Dyson, founder and director of Positive Money, tells how his disillusionment with mainstream economics led him to campaign for a proper understanding of how money works as the first step in fixing a failed banking system

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Local Bicycle Information

From a fuel-efficiency perspective, bicycling is unrivaled: A bicyclist gets 2,500 miles per gallon based on the extra kilocalories of food required for pedaling, essentially eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants and requiring a fraction of the land to be converted to roads and parking spaces. Ride On!


Bicycle re-cycling at the Glasshouse College – Training for students with learning difficulties in bicycle building and maintenance. Donations of bikes and parts welcomed. Contact Andy at the Glasshouse College or at Continue reading “Local Bicycle Information”

Urban/small-space gardening one-day course – Sat 5th June

container gardeningDate: Saturday 5th June, 10am
Venue: Martineau Gardens, Birmingham (Directions)
Price: £60 (10% discount for Friends of LILI)

The course includes:

  • site analysis: soil structure and pH, size of space, orientation, micro-climate, measuring, drawing up a plan
  • choice of plants: vegetables suitable for small gardens, companion planting, wildlife-friendliness, productivity
  • containers: types, recycling, suitable plants, trees & shrubs, vegetables & herbs
  • maintenance: weed control, pruning, propagation, irrigation, mulching, pests & diseases, feeding
  • water gardens: sources of water, how to bring in light and sound, suitable plants, wildlife habitats

Local food buying Groups and Co-ops Event – 28 April 2010

local foodSustain / Soil Association  food co-ops and buying groups event  on 28th April

Date: 28 April 2010, 6pm – 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: BVSC – Digbeth, Birmingham
(Light supper and refreshments provided) Continue reading “Local food buying Groups and Co-ops Event – 28 April 2010”

Zero Carbon House visit Birmingham 28th March

Jo and Jon are opening their home in Tindal Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham to the public on 28th March between 1.30 to 4,30 pm. And nearby 40% house is open 10.30-12.30

A unique zero carbon house has been built in inner city Birmingham, to meet the stringent requirements of Level 6 of the UK Code for Sustainable Homes. It’s an eco-house that will produce at least as much energy as it consumes, and it’s built around an existing house!

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