Birmingham Open Spaces Forum – BOSF – is a network organisation that aims to bring together all the people in Birmingham with an interest in our parks & open spaces. Our management committee is made up of volunteer representatives of all sorts of sites from across the city.
WHAT IS AN OPEN SPACE?
For our purposes an Open Space is any space that a community regards as a green area, accessible to the local community. This includes: parks, allotments, nature reserves, country parks, public open spaces, cemeteries, wildlife corridors, woodlands, playing fields, community gardens & the bit of green at the end of the road
WHAT DOES BOSF DO?
BOSF offers opportunities for groups and individuals interested in open spaces to share knowledge and experience. We produce regular updates about funding sources, training opportunities, events in open spaces and lots of useful information. We can put you in touch with other member groups who have experiences that might be useful to you. We organise meetings and training opportunities.
WHO IS BOSF FOR?
BOSF is for any group in Birmingham working to promote and develop an open space. This includes: friend’s groups, community groups, residents’ associations, neighbourhood forums, environmental projects and professionals working in open spaces.
WHY JOIN BOSF?
By joining BOSF you will have the opportunity to make contact with other groups and individuals interested in open spaces in Birmingham. You will be kept informed of events and activities that may be of interest to you. You will be able to tap into the network to get answers to problems that other groups have already solved and it is FREE!
HOW DO I JOIN OR FIND OUT MORE?
Any group can become a member. The main criteria is that the group must consist of local residents, who have a constitution, and are looking after a local park, open space or street, in the Birmingham area. On receipt of your completed ‘BOSF Membership Form’ (link above), we will contact you to help you set up your group and give you all the further information you will need. Once membership has been accepted, the group will also be entitled to free insurance, and when volunteer data is submitted, there is currently a financial reward for this.
For more info, contact Sarah at [email protected] or by phone on 07982401933