South Birmingham Tools for Africa restore equipment and work with Tools For Self Reliance to put them in the hands of tradesmen and women in East African countries so that they can provide for their families.
The group are looking for donations of tools and time and would love you, or your community group, to get involved.
The group meets in Kings Heath on Tuesday mornings to restore tools. If you can’t make it then see contact details below or restore them at home, or with your own community group, using the tool refurbishing guides.
The group meet in Kings Heath Park House on Tuesday mornings.
For more information either pop along to one of their meetings or call Martin on 0121 777 4464
Urban Harvest, now backed by Northfield Ecocentre, successfully raised its funding goal on crowdfunder…
… in fact they raised 105% of their target so CONGRATULATIONS!
Now? They need you to help find apple trees, pick apples and help stop fruit going to waste.
Following the success of our MacMillan Coffee Morning (£365 raised!) and Vegetable Show, it is now time to focus our attention on The Big Dig and Edible Garden Day. Thornbridge Alotments are opening the gates once again to anyone and everyone who is interested in growing their own, plants, wildlife – essentially anything to do with the gardening.
As most will know, putting on an event is fraught with pitfalls and stress, so putting on 3 on the same day was a draft idea (mine!), but tomorrow (14th September) is the big day, and so far, we are on target. The gates open at 11am come rain or shine — Thornbridge Allotments on Beeches Road in Great Barr (B42).
Every year we hold our site Vegetable Show which is a good opportunity for all our plot holders to enter their prize veg into the judging tent and for none plot holders to see what we grow. Essentially it is a bit of fun, but is run brilliantly by Lesley along with her trusty helpers Alan and Dennis, and is judged very professionally by an independent judge – we even have to arm Dennis with a broom to keep people away!
This weekend is the Birmingham Honey Show at Martineau Gardens — 10am to 4pm each day.
And FREE ENTRY!
Organised by Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association
Back for a third year, the Birmingham Honey Show is a chance to find out all about the fascinating craft of beekeeping, you’ll be able to talk to local beekeepers, meet a queen (!), learn about the different types of bees, talk to beekeepers, think about becoming a beekeeper, view observation hives, see the competition entries, make candles from beeswax and buy locally produced honey direct from the beekeepers.
Come along to the Annual Summer Fete at Livingstone Road Allotments (B20 3LL) organised by the Birchfield Residents Action Group (BRAG).
There’ll be a tasting menu featuring a range of allotment-grown produce, plus other refreshments, veg competitions, displays, food tastings, a veg auction . . . lots happening, including the launch of their new cultural food project to connect people through growing, cooking and eating local produce. They’ll also be asking visitors for recipes for a new Cook Book.
15th September 2013 from 10am to 6.30pm . . . & free entry to Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Westbourne Road!
A celebration of everything edible from the West Midlands (WM) including a horticultural show so you can show off your amazing fruit and veg, a community hub so you can touch base with the amazing projects from the area AND OF COURSE delicious food to buy and eat from WM producers.
The day is set to be a cracker, with so much to see and do it promises to entertain the whole family and fill them full of beautiful food! So head on down on the 15th and say mmmmmm!
We have an exciting new project, Urban Harvest. It’s the project that finds good use for your surplus fruit, distributing it to people and preventing it going to waste.
It began a couple of years ago, but we need your help to make it sustainable.
If you’re willing to offer support and/or invest £15 (or more) in this great project, please do go to our crowdfunding page here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/
We’re offering lots of rewards including fruit trees for your own garden, workshops on pruning and juicing, invitations to special events, plus other rewards throughout the eight weeks of crowd funding — and a special business offer to plant an orchard in your grounds.
The film (made using Kickstarter crowdfunds) features organic dairy farmer Steve Hook from Hailsham, East Sussex and his favourite cow Ida.
Steve is determined to keep his family farm small, organic and sustainable. To achieve this he sells raw, organic milk directly to the consumer via door-to-door delivery and at farmer’s markets. As a publicity stunt Steve takes Ida to Eastbourne for a photo shoot – an experience she enjoys so much, she digs in her heels and refuses to move when it’s time to leave. It soon
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/68796801
Back in chilly December Acocks Green Village in Bloom team began an ambitious project, to convert a piece of derelict waste ground to an oasis of greenery for the local community to enjoy.
As the theme of Britain in Bloom this year was ‘edible planting’ the idea of an orchard was soon formed.