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MAC – Eco Fest

Midlands Art Centre are having a eco-day called Eco Fest details below:

Come and join mac and local eco-friendly organisations at Eco Fest.

The day will offer free workshops and activities as well as opportunities to find out how you can further develop your eco-friendly credentials, both in the home and within your own community.

Stalls on the day will include:

For more information head to 

Grow Social – City Hospital Greenhouses

The Real Junk Food Project are hosting their next Grow Social on Tuesday 28th June at the City Hospital Greenhouses, 18:30-20:00. The description of the event is as follows:

What do we do after the food waste ends? We grow our own of course! For tips on how you can do this at home and with the Real Junk Food Project, and to have a chat with some people in the know, you can both find out whatever you need to know to grow your own food, and how you can help the Real Junk Food Project get growing in Birmingham! PAYF Refreshments provided.

Get in touch with them over Facebook for more details!

BOSF Midsummer Social – Tuesday 21st June


Birmingham Open Spaces Forum will be holding their Midsummer Social on Tuesday the 21st June. The plan is to meet at Stirchley Park at 6pm (just off the Pershore Road, behind Stirchley Baths) and begin with a ‘Bio Blitz’ lead by Ranger Alf and the Friends of Stirchley Park. The social will then head to the garden of the British Oak pub for a chat. The social is open to all Friends of Parks groups and volunteers from around the city’s parks and open spaces.

Garden Organic Event – Sparkbrook – Friday 3rd June

karelaGarden Organic have organised an event at Christ Church in Sparkbrook that will run from 11am-2pm on Friday June 3rd, based around preparing and cooking exotic fruit and vegetables.

The event will demonstrate how to cook and prepare unusual vegetables and spices from a wide range of locations including Zimbabwe, Chile, India and Pakistan. We will show you how to prepare foods off the beaten track such as African Kale in peanut sauce, methi stock cubes, coriander pickle and dudi halva. There will be plenty of samples to try.

If you’re interested or would like more information contact Anton Rosenfield here: [email protected]

Garden Organic Update

karelaWe’re delighted to present this update from Garden Organic regarding funding they have received from the Heritage Lottery:

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, during the 2016 growing season Garden Organic is able to come out to your site and provide advice on growing unusual and exotic vegetable crops. We can provide advice on which varieties grow well, where to obtain seeds, top tips for cultivation and how to use the produce.

We only have limited resources, so we will give priority to community grops and sites where a group of people rather than a single individual will benefit from the advice.


If interested, please contact Anton Rosenfeld, [email protected];

Winterbourne House & Garden Update


If you’ve been to Winterbourne lately you’ll have seen that it’s beginning to burst with colour as life returns to the gardens on every front; in this month’s update of their Digging for Dirt blog there’s a plethora of helpful tips, some beautiful photographs and another history lesson, this time centred around their Gilbert Orchid House.

Filling up the Snapshot section this month is a wonderful selection of photographs focused around the colour green with a quote attached from Gertrude Jekyll, the famous horticulturalist who created over 400 gardens worldwide and who also inspired Margaret Nettlefold’s design of the Winterbourne Garden.

The Gilbert Orchid House is one of the standout attractions at Winterbourne and this month their article Blowing Hot and Cold documents it’s rich history from it’s beginnings all the way through to present day.

As always they have released a garden notebook, this one covering off the jobs you can get done throughout April (there’s still time!). But don’t take it from us, head over here and read it straight from the experts to ensure your garden is blooming beautifully throughout the year.

Birmingham Forest Oaks – Growing School

Aubergine_2ndAugust2012Growing School was started by the Ranger Service in 2013 as part of the Big Dig campaign, a response to the need for local people to get growing and producing their own food. This education allotment is based at Broadlane allotments in Kings Heath. Ranger Dean delivers sessions on all the things you need to know to get growing. Growing school is a place to learn together, currently 5 families are being supported in the growing and maintenance of plots. Dean also runs an after school club on Wednesdays and during school holidays. The allotment is also used as a show case for others to come and visit. Growing school offers an outreach service across Birmingham to support people entering Birmingham in Bloom, community gardens/projects and new starters on allotments. Often this has been just the help some small projects have needed to give them the confidence to set up and get growing. Growing school has worked with a number of schools and colleges, tailoring sessions to meet the curriculum, creating spaces that are easy to maintain and successfully grow produce. Winning a number of prestigious awards including Silver in Best Community Vegetable Patch in Birmingham in Bloom 2014, Growing school’s hard work and dedication are paying off. Food security is a real issue for many families in Brum as well as globally, so being able to act locally and learn how to produce food is empowering, cost effective and fun. Growing school is growing community resilience.

Dean Paul can be contacted by e mail:
[email protected]

Urban Harvest Job Opportunity

Urban Harvest Job Spec-page0001Urban Harvest is now well known in Birmingham for their fantastic work in collecting and utilising unpicked fruit in the Northfield are of the city.

They now have an Immediate vacancy for a co-ordinator for this years picking.

Please contact Georgia at Northfield Ecocentre, or follow the link here

Mapping Birmingham’s Community Growing Spaces

It has been a while in getting there, Growing Birmingham are please to be able to make available for the first time a map of Birmingham’s Community Gardens, Growing Spaces and Community Orchards.

The map is available here

We know this is by no means complete, and we can add to it all the time, so if your local space is missing and you want it adding then please let us know in a comment below or by e-mail to [email protected] 

Some of the spaces on the map already have more information linked to them, web site addresses and the like, we hope to add pictures too soon.


Fantastic one day community garden course at Winterbourne House & Garden

New community garden start-up course (FREE to NHS staff), Birmingham, 19th March

FCFCG is running a new training course for people who want to set up a community growing project or who are already involved in one but would like more training. GETTING STARTED will cover topics including policies and legislation, how to consult the community and hold a public meeting, and also includes a talk by gardener Alys Fowler.

The course takes places at Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham, on March 19th and costs £10 (or FREE for NHS, local authority and public health staff).

For more information, download the event poster: Community garden start-up workshop poster or contact Heidi Seary on [email protected]


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