Midlands

altHere you can find lots of useful information for, and about, city farms and community gardens in the Midlands. You can:

  • Find gardens and farms in your local area via our interactive map or our search page.
  • Find details of events by viewing the news and updates section below.
  • Sign up for a copy of the FCFCG Midlands e-bulletin, aimed at anyone involved in community farming and gardening in the Midlands. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.
  • Download a copy of the FCFCG Birmingham map and other useful publications.
  • See the bottom of this page for contact details of the FCFCG staff team in the Midlands.
 

Midlands News & Events

Regularly updated with news of interest to community gardens in the English Midlands, plus details of training and networking events. You can also view images from our member groups and events in the Midlands via our FCFCG Midlands photostream.

Latest Updates:

  • New community garden planned for Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire
  • Outdoor community cooking workshop, Birmingham, 24th April
  • Veolia EnviroGrant scheme offers small grants to Birmingham environmental projects
  • FCFCG Member features on BBC report about thrifty gardening
  • Radio Interview with FCFCG Midlands
  • Regeneration East Midlands

New community garden planned for Droitwich Spa

FCFCG is supporting a new community garden project on Droitwich’s Westlands estate. The Farmer’s Way Community Garden project will encourage people to grow their own produce, eat more healthily and also provide space for outdoor cooking, play and family activities.

FCFCG West Midlands development worker Keeley Thomas is working on the project and is keen to hear from anyone who can offer funding, sponsorship or equipment for the new garden. Anyone who can help or who would like further information about the project can get in touch with Keeley on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07908 912357.


Outdoor community cooking workshop, Birmingham

This one-day workshop run by FCFCG in partnership with Growing Birmingham will cover:

  • Guidelines and legal requirements for outdoor cooking and for selling produce.
  • Juicing and cider making
  • Key considerations when cooking with children and vulnerable adults
  • Making lunch as a collective

The learning will be put into practice as the group prepares and cook together a locally sourced lunch using the cob oven, rocket stove, food smoker etc.

The event takes place from 10am - 5pm on Thursday, 24th April in Birmingham. The morning session is at Urban Veg, moving to Martineau Gardens at lunchtime. It costs £35 for FCFCG members, £75 for non-members. To book, please go to the registration page.


Veolia Birmingham Envirogrants scheme

Community groups based in Birmingham can apply for a small grant of up to £1,000 for projects which will improve their local environment. Grants are awarded twice a year, in June and December. For more information go to the Veolia website.


Other News

FCFCG Member features on BBC report about thrifty gardening
Coplow Street Community Garden in Ladywood, Birmingham features in a BBC report about saving money on gardening, for example by getting involved as a volunteer at a community garden. The piece is about five minutes into the video on this BBC website page.


Radio Interview with FCFCG Midlands
Listen to a radio interview with Midlands Development Worker Marie Wellings about her work, via the following MP3 link:FCFCG radio interview

 

Midlands Fieldworkers

The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens offers Fieldworker support to community groups. Fieldworkers provide expertise and advice to projects developing community farms and gardens. If you would like to utilise one of our Fieldworkers, please contact the Midlands office in the first instance. Our telephone number is 024 7667 5211, alternatively you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Read more: Midlands Fieldworkers

   

Midlands Publications

FCFCG has produced a colourful map giving details of city farms and community gardens in the Birmingham area. You can download a pdf version by clicking on the link below:

alt Birmingham Map

 

Read more: Midlands Publications

 

Midlands Funding

Find details of funding opportunities for community gardens in Northern England. Includes long term funding and grants schemes. We also provide regular e-bulletins with funding information to our members.

Read more: Midlands Funding

   

Midlands Contacts

Heidi Seary, Midlands Development Co-ordinator

Tel: 02476 675 211
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Office Address:
Room 16, Koco Building
The Arches, Spon End
Coventry CV1 3JQ

02476 675211

Midlands Office Team:
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From left to right: Heidi Seary, John Hirons (now retired), Keeley Thomas,
Mike Gee, Lynn Taylor, Ken Whittaker, Marie Wellings (now working for Warwickshire Community and Volunteer Action as well as Black Environment Network Global Food, Local Food project).

   
 
 
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