Author: Jane Edwards

Trail bikes damage Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve

It is only a week or two since we mentioned our neighbouring site at Jasmin Fields. On a recent visit we were met with a number of trail bikes indiscriminately tearing up the grass.

This nature reserve is rich in wild life and now one of the main paths through the woodland has been turned into a quagmire and the area adjacent to the canal , crisscrossed by bike tracks.

The bikes appear to have travelled along the tow path from the Yardley Wood area. Lets hope they don’t become frequent visitors as they damage they do is extensive.


Heavy winds take their toll.

Very sad news that we have lost yet another tree to sodden ground and high winds. This time the tree was a Cedar just down from the Chapels. This tree was well over 120 years old so is a sad loss. It had begun to snap and tilt and so became a danger.

What was fascinating was to watch the removal of the remaining timber after the Tree Surgeons had done their work.

Unfortunately, due to the age of many of the trees in Brandwood End, this is a sight we are going to see more frequently- so we need to concentrate on slowly replacing and increasing the existing tree stock. As well as helping to improve air quality, these trees and their roots  aid absorption of water and slow the flow of surface water in the cemetery. Recently this has been an issue to neighbouring properties,


Adjacent site AGM-Jasmin Fields.

Lying just across Broad Lane, almost adjacent to the cemetery, is Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve. Their AGM is on Tues. March 3rd at 3.30pm in Park House, Kings Heath Park.


The Friends Of Jasmin Fields and The Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery share many of the same aims and interests. Both sites share wildlife that moves between them and both sites represent a green space in an urban area. If you have an interest in the plans for this site, or feel you would like to know more, please pop along on the 3rd and support their efforts.

Yet another tree hit by high winds!

I am afraid we have lost several other trees in the recent high winds. One came down very close to the Lodge, luckily it appears it didn’t cause any damage.

both trees were quite large but have now been cut into manageable pieces. It is hard to tell if any grave stones have been damaged by the tree shown but we will certainly have to re-site our section marker!

It is a sad fact that many of the trees in the cemetery are  over 120 years old, and so reaching the end of their lives (Not all trees live as long as Oaks). They are regularly tested for the strength of their trunks but in both these cases it was the sodden earth that failed to hold on to the weight of the tree above- an issue that can’t be tested for!

Interesting addition to a tree!!

This may look as if someone has just wedged a rake into this tree and gone off for their cup of tea…..

The truth is a little stranger. This rake was undoubtedly propped here many years ago by a member of staff but for whatever reason it was never retrieved. It is in a not often visited area of the Cemetery and over many seasons the tree grew, absorbing the rake within its growth! The wooden stale has long ago rotted away. Recently Birmingham Trees for Life published a similar item but instead of a rake it was……a bike. Check it out on their site.


2020 Litter Pick Dates

Please note these dates in your diary. The Friends will be in Brandwood End at 10am till 11.30am on each day with bags and litter pickers and we hope some of you will join us to help keep Brandwood End looking spic and span.

Sat 7th March,

Sunday 7th June,

Sat 5th September,

Sun 6th December.

Meet outside the Lodge on the main drive. Our March event will be part of the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

Recent storm damage could have been worse!

Locally in Kings Heath there was a fair amount of damage caused by the recent storm, so it was with some trepidation that Ground Staff in the cemetery made their Monday morning site inspection.

Lots of small branches littering the site were removed, but the larger tree shown above will take a little more time! Luckily it is in an area away from roads and pathways but until it is removed it is difficult to see if grave stones have been damaged.