July / August 2017


Birchwood Big Local are consulting with residents throughout August. We want to know what you want in Birchwood. Please check out the Events page for full details of where your nearest Consultation point is & do come along.

May / June 2017

Diamond Park News

Diamond Park has been our main focus with the winner of the Diamond Park Logo Competition announced and prizes and certificates given. Thank you to all the schools who took part. 


The voting took place in the Diamond Park Phase 1 Play Equipment for the younger age group, and the result announced the winning supplier as HAGS.


Check out our Facebook Page and the latest Buzz for full details and more!


Thank you to everyone who has been taking part, we had an amazing response in both the Diamond Park Logo Competition & Diamond Park Phase 1 Play Equipment Vote.


An up and coming event is a Diamond Park Clean Up Day on 8th July mark it on your calendars 10am-12 midday, come and have some fresh air and play your part in bringing the park back to its' former glory.

March / April 2017

Birchwood Big Local new premises opened

Birchwood Big Local new premises - press conference and official opening by the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Yvonne Bodger (16th February 2017)

January / February 2017

Birchwood Big Local new premises – opening in February

Exciting times ahead, full details on our Events page of the opening of the New Birchwood Big Local Office by the Mayor on Thursday 16th February.


Once we’re open, please come in for a cuppa, find out what is going on, and tell us what you want to see in Birchwood area. You will find us in the unit between David Holmes, the butcher, and Paper Moon Nursery. We look forward to seeing you!

Birchwood Big Local Wish Everyone A Very Happy New Year

November / December 2016

Birchwood Big Local new premises – opening in the New Year

Yes, we had a few delays, including needing planning permission for change of use. However, we are now hoping to move into our new premises in January 2017, with the formal opening by the Mayor in February.


Once we’re open, please come in for a cuppa, find out what is going on, and tell us what you want to see in Birchwood area. You will find us in the unit between David Holmes, the butcher, and Paper Moon Nursery. We look forward to seeing you!

Diamond Park Logo Competition

Birchwood Big Local will be organising a competition to design a logo for Diamond Park, which it is hoped will re-open by summer/autumn 2017.


There will be prizes for the winners of the following categories: under 5s, 5-10 years, and 11+. The competition will run during February and March 2017, with an awards ceremony to be held in late April 2017, to which everyone will be invited.


Please take part!

Date for your diary: Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our A.G.M. at 7pm on Thursday 16th February 2017, at Life Church, Birchwood Avenue. We will be updating you on our plans and progress, and listening to your views and ideas. There will be more publicity in the New Year.


Save the date in your new diary!

Help us to spend £1,000,000! Community Grants Available NOW

Do you have a community project idea to help improve the lives of local residents? Why not apply to us for a grant of up to £500? Applications will be considered from

local residents and community groups that are active in the Birchwood area.


Since summer 2015, we have awarded grants totalling over £2700 to local groups, including the ABC group at the Children’s Centre, Puppets Alive, Generate Youth Club, Lincoln Circus School, Guides and Brownies and Birchwood Colts (for their Community Day).


For more details, phone or email Ruth Farningham (Birchwood Big Local Project Manager) or download the application form below this notice.


If you need help or advice in completing the form please contact us, by phone, email, or drop in and talk to us at our new premises at Birchwood Centre. We are happy to help.

Grant Aplication Form
Please Click here to download an application form
Supporting Big Local Grants 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [60.0 KB]

September / October 2016

Dirty Work at Diamond Park

On Friday 23 September, with the sun shining down, a determined band of volunteers worked hard to begin the transformation of Diamond Park. Paths were cleared, benches were freed from brambles and overgrown shrubs, and lorry loads of garden waste were taken away.


Everyone at Big Local is very grateful to all the fantastic volunteers who helped to make the day a great success – and special thanks to Rob who worked his socks off!





Posted 17/04/2016

Posted 14/01/2016

If you are a resident of The Birchwood Big Local Area you are invited to The Birchwood Big Local Annual General Meeting. At this meeting there will be reports of our Big Locals achievements over the last year and plans for the proposed projects will be on display with the latest information. During the evening there will be opportunity to ask questions of the Board of Birchwood Local.

Posted 17/12/2015

Following our recent successful consultation on plans for Jasmin Green and

Melbourne Community Park we will shortly be publishing some of the results and comments.

Posted 17/12/2015

Following our recent successful consultation on plans for Jasmin Green and

Melbourne Community Park we will shortly be publishing some of the results and comments.

Posted 17/10/2015

Following our recent successful consultation on plans for Jasmin Green and

Melbourne Community Park.

We are holding another consultation day 21st November

10.00am - 3.00pm @

Unit 2 (the former Learning Communities)

Birchwood Shopping Centre

Jasmin Road

Posted 01/10/2015:

Jasmin Green Consultation Days                         Including the latest plans for                                  Melbourne Community Park

Melbourne Road Community Park Drop-in Days 

Posted 22/06/2015: In response to Birchwood Big Local consultation, we have put your ideas together to make lasting change in our community.
You are now invited to have a say on these ideas and everyone’s views (positive and negative) will be taken account of.

If you are unable to attend one of the drop-in events to give your views, please email them to us so that we can include them in further consultation.


Melbourne Road Community Park

Drop-in Days

26th June 2015

6 - 8 pm

27th June 2015

1 - 5 pm 

Birchwood Community and Leisure Centre LN6 0JE

Community Chest Fund

Posted 20/06/2015: The Community Chest Fund enables groups working in the Birchwood Big Local area to apply for up to £100 to help them with their projects.


To obtain an application pack or to find out more please contact us via our contact form or our email..


Big Local is getting closer in its plans to spend the Million!

Help by joining the Partnership or applying for one of the governance roles.


Posted 10/10/2014: Big Local has reached an exciting stage. Over the last 2 years, volunteer residents have been working hard to consult with the community, draft a local profile of the area and begin negotiations about developments the community would like to see on Birchwood.  All this preparatory work needed to be completed before we are able to access any of the £1m awarded to the communities of Birchwood.
On 6th November, we will be establishing a Partnership Board and electing a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary for the Big Local project.  Up to 20 residents can sit as members of the Board and we would like to invite those interested to attend the meeting on 6th November or, if they are unable to attend, inform us by 24 October that they would like to be involved as a member of the Partnership Board.  Residents can still sit on subgroups, even if they are not a member of the Partnership Board, so there are still lots of opportunities to be involved.
The meeting will be held at Learning Communities (Birchwood Shopping Centre) at 7pm on 6th November.  If you would like to be Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary, please write a paragraph explaining the skills you feel you would bring to this role and submit this to jeanne.bain@developmentplus.org.uk  by 24 October 2014.  This address should also be used if you are unable to attend on 6th November and would like to nominate yourself to sit on the Partnership Board.
In the event of query, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Bulb planting

Posted 09/10/2015: Birchwood Big Local Green Spaces subgroup are aiming to plant bulbs at the entrances to the estate: Birchwood Avenue/Skellingthorpe Road, Birchwood Avenue/Doddington Road  on Saturday 8th November 2014. We are meeting opposite the petrol station (Birchwood Avenue/Skellingthorpe Road) at 10 o'clock. Bring your gloves, a trowel, garden fork or a bulb planter if you have one. Join us and make a positive change in our area. We are going to be there no matter the weather! See you there!

Walking Football

Birchwood Big Local in partnership with Lincoln City F.C. have arranged 8 Walking Football sessions at the Birchwood Leisure centre commencing Thursday 23rd October at 7pm and each Thursday at 7 pm to 18th December.


Walking Football creates a safe, relaxed environment for the over 50s to take part in the great game once again. The sessions have a casual approach, a light warm up followed by a small sided game and provide the opportunity to develop not only your physical health - coordination, balance, aim, power and flexibility - but a chance to improve the mental healthy with the social aspect of the session.


Whether you have played before or if you just fancy a new kind of exercise walking football sessions cater for all abilities.


You're never too old.


For more information telephone 01522 563792


Birchwood Big Local Nordic Walking starts this month

A new activity starts this month. On 27th September Birchwood Big Local is running the first session of Nordic Walking. The activity is funded by LN6 Active and initially will last for 6 weeks.


Dates of the sessions are: 27.09, 04.10, 11.10, 18.10, 25.10, 01.11, 08.11.


Nordic walking works your upper and lower body exercising 90% of your body’s muscles.

It tones legs, buttocks, shoulders and the backs of your arms.

Nordic walking burns more calories than ordinary walking, but feels easier due to the poles.

It increases your upper body endurance.                                             

It helps to engage the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles which provide core stability.

It is outdoors in the fresh air.

It is very sociable -  you can meet new people and chat as you exercise.



Nordic Walking sessions start on


Saturday 27th September 2014


Meet 2pm outside entrance of

 Birchwood Leisure Centre


Session approx 1 hour. Please wear suitable footwear (trainers or stout shoes but not boots).

Poles provided. £2.50 per session.


Places limited – to reserve a place,

please contact your

Neighbourhood Team on

01522 689986

or e-mail us at




Birchwood Big Local volunteers

were also present at The Big Lunch organised by Life Church on Saturday 30th August 2014.


It was a lovely family event and we were very happy to chat to residents and find out how we can make Birchwood a better place to live.


A big thank you for putting your names down for the various groups and on the volunteer list.

We will contact you soon!

 If you would like to join any of the groups or would like to share the ideas how to spend the MILLION

contact us now!


Whatever your area of interest, there’s a volunteering role for you…





Birchwood Big Local volunteers attended this annual event.


The aim was to keep everyone updated and to recruit new residents to the Birchwood Big Local team.


We were extremely lucky with the weather, it was a dry day and lots of people attended and enjoyed themselves.


We had two games on offer with a chance to win either £10 or £20 for an initial cost of 20p.

It became quite competitive between friends and families.

There were two winners on the day.


Hopefully we got our message across in a fun way.


Look out for future volunteer events in 2014.


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us:



tel. 01522689986


PLANTLOCKS New cycle storage for Birchwood


Birchwood Big Local Green Spaces subgroup  introduces plantlocks -new cycling storage for the Birchwood community.


Our group have been busy looking around the estate for  areas that needed somewhere safe to lock

a bike.


Access LN6 have a great bike locking scheme, one of the types

of lock on offer is Plant Lock.

As a group we thought they would work well for us at Big Local/Green Spaces.


We asked people last year what they would like to see around the area.

One of the things was better use of open space, more plants and flowers around the estate.


Plant locks solve the bike locking problem creating a safer environment, they also look nice as we can put plants inside.

The Green Spaces group will maintain the plant locks, keeping them looking good throughout the year.


We are also planning a bulb planting day for the autumn.

The locations for these will be the junctions onto the estate.


Would you like to join us and help us improve the local area?





Big Local bulb planting

Birchwood Big Local volunteers supported by volunteers from Lincolnshire Co-op planted over 200 flowering bulbs at the entrance to Birchwood  shopping centre on 1 April 2014.


It was a lovely day for planting bulbs. We planted bluebells, snowdrops and aconites. The grounds near the shopping centre will be transformed into a blaze of spring colour thanks to the efforts of volunteers.


This is one of Birchwood Big Local projects to create a lasting change in the area using the £1m lottery funding. Big Local funding is an exciting 10-year programme with the aim of making a significant difference to the local area and long-lasting positive change to the lives of people living and working in our area.


Birchwood Big Local member Wendy Parry said: "Making the shopping centre entrance look nicer is just one of the first positive things we can do that will have a visual impact.

Hopefully people will drive in and see the pretty flowers and will come on board with us. It’s great to have extra hands and we’re very happy to have had the help of the Lincolnshire  Co-op volunteers.”


Look out for future volunteer events in 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us:



tel. 01522689986


Big Local Taster Event – one step closer to the £1 million

On Saturday 15th March we held a Big Local Taster Event – “One step closer to the £1million.”  A number of residents came along to hear about the background of the Birchwood Big Local and to participate in looking at how we can get one step closer to the £1million.


Four groups within Birchwood Big Local were presented to our guests .

The Communications Group outlined their aim of communicating Birchwood Big Local information to all residents using our website, Facebook page, regular updates within the Birchwood Buzz and through local media. 


The Green Spaces Group discussed the possibility of  “growing” projects (planting bulbs and other flowers) to bring colour to the green spaces of Birchwood.


Children and Young People Group spent some time identifying the needs of children and young people.


Whereas the Events Group were looking at potential community projects and activities to make Birchwood a brighter place to live.



It was a great time to meet with a number of new and enthusiastic residents. It was especially good to hear their suggestions and ideas over a lunch in a brainstorming session.


There are still plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved whatever their skills. Please contact us with your ideas and suggestions. All ideas and people are welcome!



tel. 01522689986


Love Your Community Event

On 14th February Birchwood Big Local in partnership with the Neighbourhood Team held a special event dedicated to our community.
We would like to say thank you to those of you who braved the high winds to come and see us at the Birchwood library on Valentine’s Day. 

Local people and different local organisations attended the event and we now have another couple of prospective residents who are keen to join us.
Congratulations to Val on winning our free raffle. Her prize is 5 hirebike hours! (Hirebike is a short-term bike hire scheme in Lincoln with 40 bikes available to hire from 6 locations across the city, with the closest being on Birchwood Avenue opposite The Birchwood Centre). 

Thank you to Access LN6 for donating this prize…we really appreciate your support.
The children who came along had a great time and we saw some fantastic creations being made on the craft table.
We are aiming to have more local events to promote Big Local in the near future, including a get together lunch. 
If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch….. we would love to hear from you!
tel. 01522689986



Contact us

Birchwood Big Local

Phone: 01522 691851

Or use our contact form.

What's new?


Various dates, times & locations 

Starts Wednesday 2 August

11am to 1pm 

Birchwood Big Local Office

See Big Local Events for more information



Diamond Park Clean Up

Saturday 8th July 2017

10am to 12pm

See Big Local Events for more information

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