Here 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.
- 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.
- Veolia EnviroGrant scheme offers small grants to Birmingham environmental projects
- Community Composting course for local food growers, Coventry and Nottingham
- FCFCG Member features on BBC report about thrifty gardening
- Radio Interview with FCFCG Midlands
- Regeneration East Midlands
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.
Community Composting Network course for local food growers, Coventry and Nottingham
This three-day course from the Community Composting Network will teach local food growers how to produce compost to cover their growing needs, save money and replenish the soil fertility.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and is classed as Level 2, which is about GCSE level. Topics are taught with a mix of classroom learning and practical activities and the venue has growing and composting on site.
Course topics include:
- Building a hot compost heap
- Testing soil pH and type
- Make the right compost mix or mulch for your growing
- Working with and feeding your soil
- Designing a composting site for your project
- Testing the quality of your compost
- Designing a sustainable business model
Courses run until the end of January 2014 and fees vary according to annual turnover. For more information about the course, venues and fees, go to the Community Composting Network website.
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
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.
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:
Heidi Seary, Midlands Development Co-ordinator
Tel: 02476 675 211
Room 16, Koco Building
The Arches, Spon End
Coventry CV1 3JQ
Midlands Office Team:
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).