Filming fun at Martineau Gardens

We had a great time last week in Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, filming OPAL for the National Lottery Awards, as we've made it to the final as Best Environment Project.

It was an action-packed day, with pond dipping, bug hunting, bubble blowing, digging for earthworms, moth trapping and much more! Two schools, William Shrewsbury school in Staffordshire, and Starbank primary school from Birmingham, came along to join in and to be filmed by our lovely film crew. Everyone had a fun time being TV stars for the day, and saying 'take 2' and 'that's a wrap'!  OPAL turned out in full force, with staff from all over the country, so it was nice to be together and do all the surveys.

Linda, our director, was interviewed, as well as Sarah West and Adam Bates, two of our community scientists, and Faizan, one of our participants from Sheffield. So keep a look out for some familiar faces popping up on your screens in September!

We were really lucky with the weather, it was sunny all day, and Martineau Gardens is a beautiful site (, so the crew were really pleased with their footage. They filmed all the different activities, and despite a few unexpected hitches (like the pond having no water in it!) it all went pretty well. You can see a photo gallery of the day in the Event Photos section under Activities.

View Martineau Gardens event gallery

The footage is going to be shown in September to promote us as Best Environment Project on the BBC and ITV, as well as streamed on YouTube and Vimeo. We need as many votes as possible so please get voting! The voting opens on 2nd September and closes on 26th:

The film crew record a group taking part in the water survey