June’s heritage events began with another energetic and informative city centre tour with guide Ian Jelf telling us masses of Birmingham history facts and nostalgia. There are two more walks with Ian – July and September – and they come highly recommended.

The Ranger Service heritage walks also continued in June with a very popular walk around the Lickey Hills discovering the area’s military history, including a visit to the recently opened First World War bunkers. A further walk took place from Kings Heath Park to Cannon Hill Park, walking ‘Between the Oaks’ and learning about five, splendid trees along the way.

In the talks programme, James Kelly presented an outstanding description of how poets, artists and intellectuals contributed to establishing the Society. With particular reference to the playwright John Drinkwater, James conjured up the lively and creative scene in Birmingham 100 years ago and the ideals and aspirations of the individuals that came together to form Birmingham Civic Society. His talk was the first of four lunchtime talks being hosted by the Birmingham and Midland Institute during our centenary year.

Winterbourne House and Gardens were looking their absolute best (despite the torrential rain the day before) for our ‘The Garden Beautiful’ family activity. Children visiting had plenty of activities to keep them occupied, including colouring in, designing their own garden, planting seeds and following a garden trail.