New date for Great British Spring Clean- LITTER PICK

Pleased to say our litter pick that was cancelled due to snow is now back in the diary!


Please join the Friends in this ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ annual Litter Pick.  We will provide the pickers and the bags, but you will need stout footwear and gloves. Meet on the main drive near the Lodge. (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult)




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 We are afraid that the severe weather conditions would make it foolhardy to carry on with the litter pick planned for this Saturday 3rd March, in the Cemetery. FBEC will be rearranging, so watch this space. Such a shame as there were so many ‘Great British Spring Clean’ events scheduled around the country. We fear that the combination of snow and the wind chill factor have defeated us. Take care.

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Final Reminder of our ‘Great British Clean Up’ Litter Pick.

On Saturday the 3rd March between 10 and 11.30am we will be supporting the latest Keep Britain Tidy SPRING CLEAN- LITTER PICK campaign.


Please come along to Brandwood End Cemetery in Woodthorpe Rd, Kings Heath and support this event. We will supply litter pickers and bags. Please wear stout shoes/boots and gloves. Meet at the Lodge on the Main Drive.

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Spring is almost here.

Today in the cemetery…….

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Spring tidy up for Civilian Garden.

Lucky for us, the sun shone today as a few of the Committee of FBEC wrestled with huge bags of bark to top dress the beds in The Civilian Garden of Remembrance!


A few weeds pulled, a bit of snipping here and there, some bark, a rake and a sweep ….and everything soon looked spick and span.



You can see a few more photo’s taken by Nicola Clarke from Idverde HERE

and the final result…………………

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Work starting on ‘make safe’ and temp roof.

We are now seeing a small amount of work starting to move fences in and then make masonry safe. Planning permission is still pending for a temporary roof on half of the building to protect the walls from the weather etc. With Bereavement Services we hope to raise funds for some ‘interpretation’ so members of the public can follow what is happening in this area. This is not a renovation project at this time, just an effort to prevent further deterioration, pending ideas for asuccessful bid to give this building a sustainable future.

Follow this link to our photo album and thanks to our photographer!

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Advance warning!

As you can see, we are now back functioning and no longer need to keep amending previous posts! Thank you Pod Nosh!!

Can our Litter Pick supporters, and anyone else that would like to come and assist, add this date to their Diary.

This year, as usual we will be supporting the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign. Our event will be on Saturday 3rd March 10-11.30am. Further details will follow nearer to the date.

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Action Re chapels and surroundings!

As the observant amongst you will have noticed, we are still having to ‘extend/amend’ existing posts as we are unable to add new ones! The organisation running our site are trying desperately to rectify this but in the mean time this post will get longer and longer…


Victorian twin terracotta Chapels at Brandwood End Cemetery

Following our request, the fencing surrounding the chapels is being moved closer to the buildings to allow staff to cut a band of grass around the perimeter of the fence thus hopefully improving the overall ‘look’ of that area. A company will be making the roof of the the ‘intact’ chapel totally weatherproof and then, following planning permission, installing a temporary roof on the now unprotected half of the building. Watch this space and if anyone captures some interesting photos we would love to publish them. They can be e mailed to us as

Can we wish you all belated best wishes for 2018. The recent winds in January have seen branches off Conifers and two trees blown over (A Willow and a Silver Birch) but luckily very little grave damage. I think we got off lightly! You can still follow our adventures on facebook…..

Two lovely photographs taken by one of our committee members showing beautiful Autumnal colours in Brandwood End before Winter set in!

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Schools and Councillors support Hedgehog Interpretation unveiling.

Thought some of you may be interested in this link to an album we are creating for the above event.

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The Last Litter Pick of 2017!

Gosh, where has 2017 gone. Today saw the last scheduled Litter Pick for 2017 and hopefully by the time we ‘pick’ again in March, we may be seeing some signs of Spring in 2018! Our thanks to today’s volunteers. Here….yet again ….are some more early snowdrops we found today and also some of the fungi nestling in the leaves around the cemetery.



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