Category Archives: Events

Winterbourne House & Garden Update

Winterbourne House & Garden have been busy in the past month and you can read all about what they have been up to at their blog Digging For Dirt. First of all they have published their March Notebook with gardening tips, tasks and tricks for budding gardeners throughout March; from planting your early potatoes to deadheading Hydrangeas, it’s your go to guide for your garden this month. The Opportunist is a piece that continues on in their historical series, looking at Birch trees colonization of Britain and their lineage in the Northern Hemisphere as a whole and is well worth a read. Finally they’ve uploaded some more wonderful pictures to their Snapshot section including some wonderfully captured mushrooms, head to their Coach House Gallery for more shots and information.


Growing Birmingham Networking Event – Tuesday 12th April – 7pm – 9pm

19758323333_3201b7d073_hJoin Growing Birmingham at the Botanical Gardens for our annual networking event. Coinciding with the Big Dig weekend, the evening will contain a variety of workshops including: support with funding, social media, growing to sell, volunteer engagement and more. Attendees are offered the chance to meet people in their field, discuss current projects and maybe even come up with some new ones!

Open to all, for more information click the link here.

Bloom in Birchfield – Spring Event

Livingston Road C2013-06-26-10-58-25ommunity Allotment are having a Spring event on the 2nd April to launch a ‘Friends of Bloom in Birchfield’. The event will run between 1-4pm and they are looking for volunteers to help them run the day! They want everyone who wants to see a cleaner and more beautiful Birchfield to join together under the ‘Bloom in Birchfield’ banner. Get down and get involved with what promises to be a brilliant day.

For more information please e-mail Rob at [email protected]


Big Dig in Birmingham – 2016

The Big Dig returns to Birmingham this April for the third year running. The event will be on the 16th April and will see gardens across the city throw open their doors and give anybody the chance to get down and get digging to really kick start the growing season. Last year was a great success with over 1,600 people taking part across the UK, 1,207 of which had never been involved with the gardens before!

We’re keen to top that number this year so keep your eyes out for further information on the gardens that will be involved, free seeds giveaways and networking events which will all be advertised on here in the coming weeks and months.

Between now and then head over to The Big Dig website and take a look at some of the photos from last year and get inspired to make this year bigger and better! Alternatively, pop over to our Birmingham map and register your own event here.

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Courses in Birmingham

For those that have an interest in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), be-it professional or just adding to the skill bank, Thrive are running a series of courses in Birmingham in 2014 which may be of interest.

Step into STH workshops

A beginner’s guide in how to use gardening as a therapeutic activity and meet your clients needs.

12 March 2014 The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham

FEE: £80

Thrive’s National Short Course Programme (NSCP) Suitable for practitioners (including volunteers) and allied professionals who wish to gain confidence and competence in becoming more professional in STH. The NSCP is a programme of training days aimed at working with specific disability groups. By attending you will gain knowledge and skills to help your own professionalism and staff development which will benefit your clients and place of work. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance detailing learning outcomes to add to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Attending a 2 day client specific course provides access to the AWARD in STH (on application) and can be found on the programme marked A

Setting up a STH project

This course will provide information, skills and knowledge on how to start a new project.

26 & 27 March 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people with learning disabilities (A)

Provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to address healthy living, occupational deficiency and transition pathways for people with learning disabilities.

29 & 30 April 2014 at The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people with mental health support needs (A)

Provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to address rehabilitation, recovery, social inclusion, training and employment.

13 & 14 May 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture for young people with special educational needs (A)

Provides information, skills and practical techniques that will allow you to match horticulture activities to the national curriculum and/or engage in a therapeutic extra curricula programme whilst meeting the needs of an individual.

28 & 29 May 2014 at Salop Drive Market Garden, Birmingham

Using social and therapeutic horticulture for older people with specific support needs (A)

Provides information and practical skills of how STH can address rehabilitation, recovery, quality of life and help older people age well – covering a wide range of impairments such as dementia, sight loss and stroke.

1 & 2 April 2014 at The Independent Living Centre, Birmingham


Individuals and voluntary organisations: 2 day courses £270 – discounted fee £243

Statutory organisations: 2 day courses £320 – discounted fee £288


Click on this link or call Thrive’s training team on 0118 988 5688

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Give Your Unwanted Tools A New Life In Africa

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.

What to donate

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

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11am Saturday 21st September – The Big Dig – Thornbridge Allotments

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.

Thornbridge Allotments: A bit of a do for MacMillan Cancer Care

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! 

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The Birmingham Honey Show, 14th and 15th September 2013

This weekend is the Birmingham Honey Show at Martineau Gardens — 10am to 4pm each day.


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.

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This Saturday! Midday to 5pm – Livingstone Road Allotments Summer Fete

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.

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