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Green Spaces and Us is all about promoting and supporting social value, providing a shared digital space where people can showcase what they do and can together make a difference by helping to protect their environment.

Launch date: June 2019
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03 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
Inspiration

A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston

Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).

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A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston





Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).


I keep wanting to get the no 1 bus from Acocks Green, but keep missing it, and since NXWM introduced the 1A, end up getting that towards the University of Birmingham / QEHB instead. Better weather this time than when I last got the 1A up the Bristol Road (previous time raining). On the warm Saturday, took these photos from the bus, as far as the University.

Here the start of the dual carriageway. The blue cycleway joins from the crossing to the right.

The cycleway is closed overnight but open in daylight hours.

Trams used to go down here a very long time ago, at least as far as the Lickey Hills. But for maybe over 50 to 60 years has just been grass and trees down the middle.

Looking good in the summer sunshine but lacking cyclists.

Traffic lights I think close to the Pebble Mill Road junction.

A S bend in the cycleway here.

Curving round towards the University of Birmingham.

Getting close to the University.

The first man on a bike that I saw close to the new University Gym and swimming pool.

A man with a trailer behind his bike, waiting at the lights.

He is now seen crossing over this junction.

The end of the blue cycleway near the University of Birmingham. Beyond here it is not painted blue, just the pre-existing cyclepath on the pavement on the Selly Oak Bypass / Aston Webb Boulevard.

This lady briefly headed onto the blue cycleway before heading into the University via the South Gate.

End of the line. As you can see to the left the cyclepath on the bypass pavement is just painted lines, without the blue surface.

The other section of this cycleway goes up the Bristol Road from Edgbaston Road towards the Belgrave Interchange, but I think it switches sides on the pavement. And it may go up Bristol Street. Would be ideal if they built a link between this one and the other one for the A34 towards Perry Barr.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Environment & green action
25 Jun 2019 - FreeTimePays
Introducing

GreenActionWithYou - let us promote and support your initiative!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for a healthy and clean environment.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is our environment!

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GreenActionWithYou - let us promote and support your initiative!





With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for a healthy and clean environment.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is our environment!


GreenActionWithYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

GreenActionwithYou is a digital space for people who want to make a difference of for those who want to do whatever they can to help maintain a clean and healthy environment.

At GreenActionWithYou, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

GreenActionWithYou

GreenActionWithYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for a clean and healthy environment.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for a clean and healthy environment.

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Environment & green action
19 Jun 2019 - Karl Newton
Gallery

Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, Birmingham

A collection of my photography taken at Moseley private park and pool. 

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Moseley Park & Pool, Moseley, Birmingham





A collection of my photography taken at Moseley private park and pool. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
Gallery

Birmingham suburban floral trails in previous years

In previous years there was a Floral Trail in Kings Heath. One year they had a display on Longbridge Island. And in Olympic and Paralympic years, they had pieces in Cannon Hill Park. Am not aware of any this summer though! 

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Birmingham suburban floral trails in previous years





In previous years there was a Floral Trail in Kings Heath. One year they had a display on Longbridge Island. And in Olympic and Paralympic years, they had pieces in Cannon Hill Park. Am not aware of any this summer though! 


You won't find any of these Floral features around the Birmingham suburbs now in 2019. They were there in past years. Kings Heath used to have its own Floral Trail from its BID team. Acocks Green is in Bloom most spring and summers each year. Cannon Hill Park looks lovely with its displays of flowers in the warmer months. Items similar to the former City Centre Floral Trails of past summers. Some had even previously been in the City Centre before! 

 

Guitars on York Road in Kings Heath during Summer 2012. Was where the Kings Heath Walk of Fame would have been. Cash Convertors was in the building which used to be the Ritz Ballroom. But a fire there in 2013 led to its demolition and a replacement building has yet to be built there. 

Enjoy Kings Heath was in Kings Heath Village Square in the Autumn of 2012. A few years later they moved it to the corner of Howard Road and Alcester Road in 2015. It was still there in 2018.

Cannon Hill Park has had Olympic and Paralympic inspired pieces during the summers of 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio). 

Olympic Breeze was in Cannon Hill Park near Edgbaston during the summer of 2012. It won Gold at the RHS Tatton Flower Show in 2012. Inspired by Sir Ben Ainslie. At the time a 4 time Gold medal winner at the Olympics. Seen on a rainy day. 

Was a lot of Olympic / Paralympic inspired pieces in Cannon Hill Park during the Summer of 2016. This was called One Small Step. Was Birmingham City Council's entry to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. Cofton Nursery had recycled some Wicker pieces from 2012. Including their Usain Bolt sculpture. 

During the Summer of 2013 Birmingham was taking part in Entente Florale Europe. At Longbridge Island was this Mini and yellow flowers. Near Bournville College. Was before Austin Park and Longbridge Town Centre opened. 

Whistles on the Acocks Green Village Green during 2015. A temporary sculpture, its not there now. But a permanent Acocks Green Village sign is now in the middle. 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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15 Jun 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail features in Victoria Square 2010 - 2019

A look at the Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail features in Victoria Square over the years outside of the Council House. From 2010 to 2019. There used to be a Floral Trail in the City Centre every year. Now just the odd piece. Including the Council's Gold winning Chelsea Flower Show displays. 

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Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail features in Victoria Square 2010 - 2019





A look at the Birmingham City Centre Floral Trail features in Victoria Square over the years outside of the Council House. From 2010 to 2019. There used to be a Floral Trail in the City Centre every year. Now just the odd piece. Including the Council's Gold winning Chelsea Flower Show displays. 


2010

In 2010 was a Spitfire in front of the Birmingham Council House. It had been on display at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

2011

In 2011 a Chinook RAF twin bladed helicopter was in front of the Council House. It was from the Council's 2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold winning display the Road to Recovery. 

2012

Usain Bolt Wicker sculpture from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jamaica trained that summer at the University of Birmingham. While the USA was at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr. 

2013

Another Spitfire in 2013,  part of Enlightenment. The rest was in Centenary Square before the Library of Birmingham opened. Was there since Armed Forces Day 2013.

2014

The 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 was marked by this display with Trenches and biplanes. It was at the Chelsea Flower Show that year. 

2015

While The Big Hoot 2015 was on with painted owl sculptures. Kind of marked the end of the annual floral trail. But they were still putting out displays in the city centre. Again Biplanes and Trenches like the year before. Marking the 2nd year of the First World War 100 years later. 

2016

Just a flower basket in Victoria Square outside the Council House during 2016. I don't think I saw anything else here that year. Was a trail of painted benches around in 2016 for The Big Read 2016.

2017

Didn't see a Floral feature outside the Council House in 2017. But in May 2017 was this bunch of flowers for the Manchester terror attacks. That was the year of The Big Sleuth 2017 of painted bear sculptures. 

2018

Was the Empire Windrush in 2018 outside of the Council House in Victoria Square. As usual it won Gold for Birmingham City Council at the Chelsea Flower Show. The train is recycled from previous years Floral Trails. Such as in Centenary Square outside the Library of Birmingham. Another year it was outside of Birmingham Snow Hill Station (2 years in a row I think). 

2019

Not far from the view of the Knife Angel is Floellas Future. It won Gold for the City Council at the Chelsea Flower Show. Supported by Baroness Floella Benjamin. There is a turtle sculpture on here and palm trees. 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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