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Green-fingered Jo Wesley and Avril Rogers are competing in The Big Allotment Challenge

Growing for gold in BBC competition

Two friends from Worcestershire are digging for victory in a new TV series. Roz Laws talks to them about the joys of keeping an allotment

Birmingham Independent Food Fair to be held at Millennium Point

The event will spill on to Eastside Park with tables, bars and streetfood outside

Teacher strike stock

Strike action hits hundreds of Midland schools

Thousands of primary and secondary school pupils were given the day off as National Union of Teachers members walked out

Some Cities website launch - picture by Stephen Lloyd

Photography project Some Cities launches website with 40,000 Birmingham pictures

Photographs featured on www.some-cities.org.uk include portraits, skylines, wildlife, industry, religious ceremonies, architecture, transport, nights out and street scenes around Birmingham

Swimming pool

Olympic training pool bought by Birmingham City Council

Birmingham’s £200,000 bid for the tank, heating system and filters was successful – meaning it will be packaged up and rebuilt in the city

A Great Tit takes food from a ball of fat hanging at the bird table

Enjoy a free concert with International Dawn Chorus Day

Suddenly blossoms are filling our waysides, parks and gardens instead of incessant rain and floods.

20mph road markings in Birmingham

20mph zones in Birmingham to be rolled out

The city council in late 2012 voted almost unanimously in favour of a city-wide 20mph speed limit to improve pedestrian safety, lessen traffic congestion and reduce pollution

Ian Francis, founder and director of the eighth Flatpack Film Festival

The F-word's vital to the success of city film festival

The Flatpack Festival is back for an eighth year - and this time it's even got film in the title. Graham Young reports

Rod Fox playing Gandalf at the entrance to Moseley Bog

Funding to expand Tolkien's favourite nature spot

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country has secured more than £40,000 in funding to continue their work in making Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood one of the most accessible nature reserves in the area

Amy Seton, who helps run Birmingham Whisky Club in Moseley

A whisky revolution is brewing in Birmingham

Rare, collectable and discontinued whiskies will all be on the menu at Birmingham's second annual whisky festival this weekend. Mary Griffin hears what's in store from the city's food and drink specialists

Moseley are mauled by Leeds Carnegie in the Championship last weekend

David very rarely ever beats rugby's Goliath

The perceived wisdom prevalent in the Greene King IPA Championship, indeed at virtually any level of rugby, is that ‘anybody can beat anybody on their day’.

Smallbrook Ringway and Birmingham city centre in 1969.

How the West Midlands became the driving force behind an urban revolution

England's obsession with the motorcar has transformed the landscape of our towns and cities forever. Sarah Probert reports

A Lord of the Rings fan dressed up for Middle Earth Weekend, held each year at the mill.

Organisers promise return for Middle Earth weekend

The Middle Earth Weekend, held on May bank holidays for many years, has attracted thousands to Sarehole Mill in Hall Green – one of the inspiration of the writer’s work

Head brewer Florent Vialan sampling a glass of beer

Fine craft of pairing food with beer is pure genius

Midland brewery Purity has tripled its capacity and is about to launch a new beer and its first pub. Mary Griffin takes a trip to south Warwickshire to see what's brewing.

Maison Mayci a new French coffee house in High Street, Harborne with general scenes from the shop and owner Remi Faveau.

Five street food vendors join forces

The latest food news from the West Midlands.

Councillors say a universal library card will encourage children to read

All Birmingham primary schoolchildren to get library cards

City council drive to improve literacy and encourage greater use of community services

Malvernbury, in Abbey Road.

Property of the Day: Historic Malvern spa site is up for auction

Coming up for auction are Malvernbury and properties in Arthur Road, Erdington; Woodbridge Road, Moseley; and New Road, Solihull.

This Arts and Crafts-style residence in Moor Green Lane, Moseley, was built in the 1920s.

Property of the Day: Moor Green Lane in Moseley

Moor Green Lane in Moseley has a lounge with an inglenook fireplace and matching window seat.

Balsall Heath-born Trevor Beattie will be a passenger on the inaugural Virgin Galactic flight into space

Trevor Beattie - from Balsall Heath to outer space

Trevor says: "If you have a dream, whatever it may be, don't wear it as a badge. When you get the chance incorporate it into your life."

Campaigners have fought to save Moseley Road Baths, in Balsall Heath

Nine swimming pools and leisure centres to close in Birmingham

Six new centres to be built and put out to tender for private operators

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