Fantastic way to spend an afternoon!

Our thanks to Ranger Dean who took a large group of us for a very civilised stroll around Brandwood End, in the glorious dappled sunlight! Along the route he pointed out interesting views and colourful trees as well as regaling us with some interesting stories about his time as a Gravedigger in the Cemetery!

20161020_144624Unfortunately the bulk of the trees have not yet taken on their amazing Autumn hues so he encouraged everyone to return in a few weeks to see the riot of colour that is Brandwood End in the Autumn. Despite this, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their insight into this green space and its fantastic tree stock.

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On behalf of FBEC can I thank the anonymous lady for her donation and encourage everyone to pop along and experience ‘Autumn sunshine in Brandwood End’.



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Family event in Half Term

Just a reminder that our next family Hedgehog event will be happening in the cemetery next Tuesday 25th October 2-4pm. Meet by the Lodge. hedgehog2URGENT NOTE

Can we also make an appeal for donations of unopened cans of cat and dog food for the local Hedgehog Rescue Centre as they are running short of food!! Please bring them to the event.

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Hedgehog Project launched in local schools

Emma, from Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, has been busy launching our Help for Hedgehogs campaign in our local schools. The pupils have been so enthusiastic and both schools are keen to create Hedgehog habitat and homes on their sites. Well done to everyone concerned!

20161017_114650 Rachel, our Community Film Maker, is also working with smaller groups of pupils at both schools, as they will be making a short film for us to show the work that everyone has undertaken. The pupils have taken to using the filming equipment like ‘ducks to water’!! 20161018_095102

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Half Term Family ‘Hedgehog’ event.

Come along to the cemetery between 2-4pm on Tuesday 25th October to the second of our Family ‘Help for Hedgehog’ events, sponsored by the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and the Parks Ranger Service will be showing you how to make your own hedgehog home for this winter and improve local habitat. For more information follow the link below.

As part of a local survey we need to know:Have you seen a hedgehog locally?
Where did you see it? When did you see it? Come along and tell us your tales or contact our local Ranger, Jan Tomlinson on                                                        0121 675 0937, e mail


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Brandwood End Tree Walk.

Brandwood End Cemetery Tree Walk

Come and join the Rangers for an Autumn tree walk and admire the changes of the season.

Thursday 20th October 2016

Meet at main entrance at 2pm


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Cash for Macmillan appeal.

Staff at Kings Norton Cemetery held their third Macmillan Coffee Morning last Sunday and raised close to £550 for the charity.


Not only were there sandwiches but cupcakes, tray bakes, and scones with cream and jam! No wonder they managed to raise so much….good effort all round.

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Civilian Garden of Remembrance officially unveiled.

img_8436We all breathed a sigh of relief to see that the weather was dry this morning for the Friends to welcome over 20 people to the ‘official’ unveiling of our Civilian Garden of Remembrance. Our thanks to Councillor Eva Phillips who made a short speech about the uncertainties in the World today and the value of peace internationally. We all hope that we may see a time when there is no need for ‘civilian dead’ to be laid to rest following conflict.

img_8444Eva then cut the ribbon and declared that the garden refurbishment was now officially completed.

Our thanks to our anonymous donor, who meant that we were able to engage horticulturalist Darren Rudge with a team of his ‘Homebase’ students to complete the work. I am sure all our visitors today agree that the garden looks a picture!

img_8448img_1857Afterwards we all made our way to the Lodge and enjoyed a leisurely cup of tea and some excellent home made cake (thank you Coral!)

Well done Darren and his team!

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Ashes burial areas completed.

You may recall that a few weeks ago we highlighted the strange shallow grave like areas that had appeared on the main drive. Enquiries to Bereavement Services  explained that they were for ‘Ashes Burials’. A few weeks on, here they are complete. If you wish to enquire about a plot please contact Bereavement Service staff at Kings Norton Cemetery. 0121 303 5583


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Members working hard in Brandwood End.

Committee members were working hard today in the Civilian Garden of Remembrance to make sure it will be looking at its best for its official unveiling after the recent revamp. Lets hope the weather prevails for tomorrows event!20160923_153944


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Not that we mean to keep going on, but……….

We are still celebrating being awarded a ‘Silver Gilt’ medal by the RHS for Heart of England in Bloom! We now have the certificate and here is a photo of it in our hands as proof!









Yet again can we take the opportunity to thank Nicola for her suggestion that we enter, the RHS for including Cemetery entries this year and everyone that works so hard to keep Brandwood End looking at its best both ‘in bloom’ and also on more practical levels.

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