2016 was another great year for us at Birmingham Friends of the Earth. Thank you to all those who supported us. Here is a quick summary of some of the thing we did in 2016.

At the end of January we handed our Waste Isn’t Rubbish petition into Birmingham City Council. We presented the petition to Council Lisa Trickett outside Birmingham Council House. After a lot of campaigning in 2015 we had over 1000 signatures and the support of community groups across the City. We then responded to Birmingham City Council’s public consultation on the Future Waste Strategy in July.

In May we proudly celebrated five years Frack Free. Teaming up with Divest WMPF and Green Peace we went to Victoria Square with banners and to collect anti-fracking petition signatures. Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to go!

In June we carried out the Great British Bee Count as part of our efforts to protect our endangered British bees whose pollination is so valuable for the environment. In July/August we fund-raised for our own BFOE beehives. It is great to have our own bees and thank you to everyone who made this possible.

In July we had our Nature and Wellbeing Day in Digbeth Community Garden with fun activities including yoga, food and crafts. Also in July we hosted our annual organic BBQ which was a great success. We hope to see you there this year!

Another great fundraising success was our pub quiz in September. This year we will be hosting our pub quiz on Sunday 26 February and we hope you can join us.

In October good progress was made with the Brum Pound as we did some work to engage local businesses in using a localised currency. We hope this will progress further in 2017! Also in October we saw the installation of a public use bike pump at New Street Station. If you are a cyclist we hope this will be useful to you!

In November/ December we responded to the Clean Air Consultation and we hope the Air Pollution campaign will progress much more this year! In November we also hosted a successful Thank you event at the Warehouse for supporters and volunteers. There was homemade soup and cakes and a chance for everyone to see and talk about our achievements. Hopefully everyone feels appreciated for all the help and support they give BFoE.

Once again thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016 with all our work. If you would like more information about what we did or plan to do this year please get in touch with us by coming to The Warehouse or emailing info@birminghanfoe.org.uk. Please also feel free to come to our weekly meet up every Monday night in the Warehouse meeting room 7.30-9pm.

We look forward to your support in 2017!