Cultures of Birmingham…..Open Spaces

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Cultures of Birmingham…..Open Spaces

Thursday 24th June 6.30-8.30 at the Midland Arts Centre (MAC) Cannon Hill Park

Chamberlain Forum discussion led by Dr Alison Millward looking into what parks and open spaces mean for life in the city.  How do we use open spaces?   Do they change the way we behave?  Who should manage and look after them?  Are they an extravagance or a necessity?

Alison Milward is a leading environmental consultant and an expert in the design and management of green space.  Join her and a panel including Fredy Temalema of Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and Simon Baddeley of Handsworth Allotments Information Group to discuss what parks, allotments, playgrounds and shared open spaces mean to the city.

The discussion is part of a series organised by Chamberlain Forum.  It aims to get people talking about city cultures and thinking about what ‘Big Society’ looks like in Birmingham.  Results and conclusions from the discussion series will be published in 2011.

The Cultures of Birmingham series continues on 21st July with a discussion on the Culture of Manufacturing.

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  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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