Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery Restoration, conservation and respectful enjoyment of Brandwood End Cemetery and Chapels Mon, 17 Jun 2024 21:24:30 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Supporting the Friends of Lifford Reservoir Mon, 17 Jun 2024 21:24:30 +0000 FBEC popped along to support one of our local Friends groups at Lifford Reservoir. Such a shame as the weather was awful. I am sure when they booked the date for mid June they didn’t expect hail storms!

We were joined by Array4hogs and the Wildlife Trust.


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Labour candidate for Selly Oak Constituency MP visits cemetery. Mon, 17 Jun 2024 21:13:45 +0000
The Friends enjoyed offering a tour of the cemetery to the Labour candidate, standing for M P in Selly Oak constituency. Alistair Carns is standing following the resignation of Steve McCabe. If any other candidates fancy a guided tour, we will be pleased to show them around our beautiful green space. Just drop us a message.
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Update on our Chairman. Mon, 17 Jun 2024 20:46:27 +0000 Over the last couple of weeks we have had many messages via social media, e mail and at events all asking the same question. Where is your Chairman Julia?

Its been a busy couple of months for Julia, which started badly with a pretty severe stroke that has knocked her off her feet. All very unexpected.  A couple of months on and many things have changed for her so  unfortunately you will be unlikely to see her pottering around in the cemetery, which was her usual habitat but she is very hopeful that she will soon ‘pop up’ on social media again. Lots of changes for her and lots of adaptations but those of you that know Julia will also know that she is pushing onwards whenever she can.

Julia thanks everyone that has sent their good wishes (She has kept every card, and there were a lot!) and rest assured that she is still keeping up to speed with FBEC and the cemetery. Hopefully so, as we miss her amazing researching ability and networking. (That networking didn’t stop whilst she was in hospital !)

We all wish her the very best recovery possible.

Julia on the Right.

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So what’s happening here?? Wed, 12 Jun 2024 21:09:57 +0000 At last there seems to be some signs that the long awaited repairs to the roof, and maybe the interior, of the Lodge are imminent !  Maybe the Friends will be able to get back to using it for their meetings and events soon. We can but hope.


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Some areas resurfaced at last Wed, 12 Jun 2024 21:02:36 +0000 Brandwood End Cemetery has been buzzing with activity this week as some long awaited potholes have been filled. We are pleased to say that the areas around the Cross of Sacrifice and also the WW1 Memorial have had large sections re tarmaced. Looks like they had some left as some of the areas heading towards the Broad Lane gate have also been patched. It’s certainly only a small amount of what is needed but it is a start and in these cash strapped times we welcome anything! I should add that the areas repaired could have caused significant damage to pedestrians…. And vehicles so I am sure that’s why they have managed to fund the work.

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Tree work continues. Wed, 12 Jun 2024 20:54:53 +0000 Tree husbandry in Brandwood End has actually been funded this year(it isn’t every year and this will be the last we see of it for a while, I suspect!) the downside is that we will see a number of diseased trees disappearing from our beautiful landscape. They have been earmarked for some time but work has now ramped up with contractors working in the cemetery most days. Most recent losses are a very large tree near Broad Lane entrance which was diseased and a beautiful Labernum on A3FC which was pretty much hollow above waist height. Sad but necessary.

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Summer Tree Walk Wed, 05 Jun 2024 20:04:15 +0000 The Friends recently relaunched their refreshed Tree Walk leaflet and on Saturday 20th July at 11am,   Malcolm Jacques will be leading a walk around the trees highlighted.

This will be a ‘stroll’ and most of the areas will accessible to wheelchair users but we warn that the roadways are uneven. All will be welcome but can we ask that any under 16year olds be accompanied by an adult. We would suggest suitable footwear for uneven ground.

If you would like to reserve a place can we ask you to e mail us on,

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D Day Poppy Crochet Tribute. Wed, 05 Jun 2024 19:51:58 +0000 Our thanks to Valerie Smith again for adding her wonderful poppy tribute in remembrance of D Day Veterans and those that were lost in this action. Her crochet poppies stand out beautifully.

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Busy June for the Friends. Wed, 05 Jun 2024 19:44:45 +0000 June has ended up being a really busy month for the Friends.  The started off with a Gardening session trying to clear some annoying Mares Tail weeds. I have to say, even we were surprised at the difference a few hours work by half a dozen people made. Thank you Volunteers.

We followed that up with a mornings litter picking and 12 volunteers managed a bag each. We are so pleased to see that the actual litter is mainly flower paper and not ‘dropped’ litter. Can we remind you again to take the paper off any flowers that you leave on loved ones graves. Well done everyone.

We still have several other events to attend, supporting other local groups and lots of preparation for our own July events! Watch this space……

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Tree Husbandry in Brandwood End Tue, 21 May 2024 16:01:10 +0000 Over the next few weeks and months you may hear the hum of chain saws and notice the felling of some mature trees in the cemetery. We are all sad to see any tree removed but they all have a limited life. That could be determined by the species of tree or by outside influences such as fungal infections, beetle infestations, disease and weather.

Most of the mature trees in Brandwood End  were planted over 125 years ago and some predate that. Unfortunately- or fortunately, as a public space the trees are regularly checked by the Tree Officer to make sure that none are at risk of falling and causing damage to graves or worse still….people. The Trees Officer spoke to the Friends some time ago, as the recent survey had highlighted quite a few trees needing attention, and where possible they will be trimmed etc but some are beyond those measures and will have to be removed.  This is necessary work and whilst it is sad to see trees removed we are pleased to see that they are being surveyed on a regular basis. (Those that ask about budgets, this is a Health and Safety issue and funding must always be available for that.)

Allied to this project we are discussing possible use of some of the timber removed for ECO projects and also looking a raising funding to replace those trees lost and so maintain a good tree stock for future generations.

Please take care if Tree Surgeons are working in the cemetery. Its interesting to watch but not from too close!

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