Cultures of Birmingham…..Open Spaces

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Cultures of Birmingham…..Open Spaces

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by and Kathy Jane Hopkin, Chamberlain Forum. Chamberlain Forum said: What do parks and opens spaces mean to the people of Birmingham? […]

  2. This discussion was inspring and at times surprising (to me). Alison’s reserach and big picture of issues and opportunities relating to parks and open spaces was balanced well by Fredy and Simon’s local experiences and relationships with park users and communities. It struck me that a wider group of participants with interests that may seem at first unrelated to parks and open spaces could have sparked interesting conversations. For example those working around community cohesion – it was just brilliant to hear about the role that parks and open spaces play within such an agenda. And it relates to my experiences of regularly running around a local park and nature reserve. It’s a place where it feels OK to smile and say hello to strangers, unlike city streets. In fact this morning I had an intermittent conversation with a friendly elderly dog walker, as I ran 2 loops around the nature reserve. He started timing me! I know my life would be far poorer without such a fantastic open space relatively close to my house. There I get to indulge two passions at once – running and being close to nature. This month I saw my first green woodpecker on the reserve, and I’ve seen a kingfisher twice now – there’s always something to see, even if it’s just the mallards!

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