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Fir for Purpose Skills-share gathering

June 22nd, 2015

Spring to Life’s Mother gardens project is teaming up yet again with Sandwell and Birmingham Permaculture Network to run another skills-share gathering, disseminating and sharing skills within the themes of food and health, earth stewardship and community wellbeing.

This is a free event and will take place on the 27th of June at 10am at the Old Print Works in Balsall Heath.

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Spring to Life’s Food Forest Brum receives award

May 12th, 2015

We were very excited to finBestEcoProjectlogod out recently that Food Forest Brum had won the award for best eco-project from  Health and Happiness magazine.

Over the last two and a half years, Food Forest Brum has worked with over 90 groups and community projects to plant permanent food landscapes in public and semi-public spaces across the city. We have provided over 2000 edible perennial plants, including fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs and perennial vegetable plants.

Due to the recent development of the Mother gardens scheme, emerging out of Food Forest Brum, many of these community projects have also been growing, propagating, planting, and sharing, many plants themselves, in an effort for our communities to be self-reliant on plant stock.

Aside from the planting and provision of plants, an important element has been in the skilling up and bringing people together within and across communities. We have run a number of workshops and a skill-share gathering (in partnership with Sandwell and Birmingham Permaculture network). It has been a great achievement to broker so many connections between people and groups.

For more information check out the FFB and Mother garden page:


Get in touch if you either wish to sign up your project or garden as a Mother garden, be part of the Food Forest Brum network, or volunteer with either of these.

Spring to Life well-being provision across Birmingham

May 12th, 2015

Over the last year, Spring to Life has been providing a range of well-being groups and therapies to different services across the city. This has been funded by IAPT (improving access to psychological therapies), an NHS scheme aimed at reducing anxiety and depression in our communities.

Spring to Life has enlisted new practitioners to expand its well-being provision, with the aim of addressing different elements that are key to psycho-emotional health. These elements relate to clusters of therapies, for us to then provide holistic well-being packages:

Body work: gentle gym, holistic massage, bowen massage.

Creative therapies: art therapy, african drumming, creative writing.

Talking therapies: counselling, reading for well-being, stress and anxiety management groups.

Project Greenheart (ecotherapy): horicultural therapy, nature walks.

We have been tailoring therapy packages to different client groups, offering both one-to-one therapy and groups. We have worked with a host of services working with people with mental health problems, refugees and migrants, people with brain injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence, people with learning disabilities, and the elderly.

Throughout this process we have solidified our partnerships with existing services, such as Midland Heart, and have developed new partnerships, such as with Creative Support, Hope Housing, Anawim, Birmingham Care Group, and Kinmos.

We expect to continue this project for the next year, working with IAPT, and raising well-being in Birmingham communities.

Volunteer Opportunity on Our Board

February 6th, 2014
By pupils of George Dixon International School
By pupils of George Dixon International School

Are you looking for a new challenge?
Spring to Life CIC works to grow people’s wellbeing through therapeutic programmes across Birmingham. We base our work on a foundation of Christian principles and are now in our 12th year.
We have developed some new directions and are looking for more volunteer Board members to join our innovative community interest company and help steer our strategy for the coming years.
If you think you could commit to our three Board meetings per year and input creatively between times, please send your CV and a covering letter telling us how you could contribute to our company. Applicants must have a compassion for others, and we would particularly welcome those with business development and marketing expertise.
For more information about us please see our website, www.springtolife.org.
Applications to Philippa: philippa@springtolife.org.
Closing date: Friday 14th March 2014

Partners shortlisted for an award

September 10th, 2013

The Midland Heart allotment project we have partnered since November 2012 has been shortlisted for an award with the Health Service Journal (HSJ), the journal for healthcare leaders.

Together we have been using horticultural therapy and outdoor activity to maximise mental health support and wellbeing for the hardest to reach individuals. Midland Heart have been shortlisted from over 1000 applicants and can be very proud of their success so far.

Congratulations to Midland Heart!

We too have worked hard within that partnership and are thrilled to be associated with the award in this way. Representatives from our team will accompany their mental health team in November to be present at the awards ceremony in London and learn who has won. An exciting moment!

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Producing Fruit For Free!

January 22nd, 2013

Spring to Life has received Ronnie Bowker Foundation funding from Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation to complement our Food Forest Brum project. Friends of parks groups, community allotments and food growing projects have all received free trees for their community growing areas. We can still receive further applications. The Ronnie Bowker Foundation Fund has paid for a series of skills-share workshops. The first is a Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop being held in Highgate this Saturday.

Felipe Molina is coordinating the project: ”What could be better than to learn to grow new fruit trees from the old favourite ones scattered around Birmingham which are getting too old. Grafting skills will enable communities to propagate their own orchards and keep old varieties going for future generations. Having more fruit trees in parks will enable the less well off to eat more healthily”.

If you or your community group are interested in learning more about Food Forest Brum fruit plants or to book onto any of the skills-share workshops, please contact foodforestbrum@gmail.com or phone 07980272940.

Food Forest Brum Events

January 21st, 2013

Its been a busy time for Food Forest Brum. In the last few months we have made great links with groups all over the city, and are constantly discovering amazing local projects where communities are growing food and growing resilience. Many fruit and nut trees have already been planted in parks, community gardens, and schools.

Here are some of Food Forest Brum-supported winter workdays and events happening over the next few months. There are range of activities and methods in a range of different sites and projects. See what takes your fancy.

Friday 18th/25th Jan and 1st Feb between 11am and 2pm.
Sandwell & Birmingham Permaculture group @ Salop Drive Market Garden, Salop Drive, Oldbury B68 9AG. Establishing a Forest Garden.

Sunday 10th February.
Hazelwell Park (with Friends of HP), Newlands Rd, Stirchley B30 2SA. 10am. Soft fruit planting, orchard work, tree planting.

Saturday 23rd February
Kushinga Community Garden, 48 Raddlebarn Rd, Bournville B29 6HA. 1pm. Tree and soft fruit shrub planting. Establishing espaliers and cordons.

Sunday 17th March
Hazelwell Park (with Friends of HP), Newlands Rd, Stirchley B30 2SA. 10am. A Big Dig event. Planting soft fruit, edible hedges.

First and third Sunday of every month. 1pm – 4pm
Highbury Orchard Community, Highbury Park, Kings Heath B13 8QG. See www.peopleandland.org.uk for the location within the park. Edible hedge planting and much more…

There will be more workdays announced soon. Check our facebook group for regular updates (http://www.facebook.com/FoodForestBrum?ref=ts&fref=ts). Let us know if you want to find out more information or directions.

We very much welcome new volunteers to our project – either practical hands-on help or coordination and admin work. Any regular volunteers will benefit from free workshops in many aspects of perennial food plant management, such as pruning, grafting, and forest gardening. You will also learn a range of other skills and have a chance to see many great projects going on around Birmingham.

Midland Heart Housing

October 30th, 2012

We have a 12 month contract with this housing association to develop an allotment near one of their supported housing complexes in the Handsworth area. It will involve customers from the complex and volunteers from the neighbourhood. Together we will be creating an abundant plot of edible products while helping local residents make friends, get fit and learn more about healthy food. More information later…

Get Involved with Nature

October 30th, 2012

Spring to Life has a long-term friendship with the Friends of Deer’s Leap Wood, through Philippa who belongs to both! Friends of Deer’s Leap Wood have received Community First funding from the Soho ward and we are commissioned to run two programmes for them.
This take place at Deer’s Leap Wood, off Portland Road Edgbaston from November 2012 to March 2013.
One is for young children and their families, the other for vulnerable adults in the community.

Outdoor Learning for the Under 5s and their Families:
(1) Woodland Shelter
three outdoor play-based sessions focusing on making shelters and habitats to care for woodland creatures over the winter.
(2) Outdoor Children (Liz)
three indoor sessions with DVDs showing the value of young children spending time outdoors, some floor play activities suitable for outdoors.
(3) Woodland Wake-Up (Liz, Margarethe)
three outdoor play-based sessions focusing on the changes that come with Spring-time.

If you would like to join in, contact Liz on 0775 243 5714 or email us on info@springtolife.org.

The second programme will approach people living in hostels locally to come along and get active out of doors, to benefit their own well being and to undertake conservation management tasks in the pond, meadow and woodland habitats.

We are glad to have the opportunity to help people in the Soho area engage with nature and to improve their well-being by venturing into local natural landscapes. See more about Deer’s Leap Wood at www.fdlw.org.

Food Forest Brum

October 30th, 2012

Spring to Life is launching a new project across Birmingham called “Food Forest Brum”.
With Lottery funding, a Big Tree Plant grant and support from Birmingham City Ranger Service, this exciting project will initially run for two years from October 2012.

Working with community groups, friends of parks groups, community gardens and food growing projects we will provide plants and support projects to develop permanent edible landscapes. Fruit and nut trees, edible leaves and fruiting shrubs will be planted to encourage people to harvest their own food, even in the heart of the city.

Food Forest Brum aims to enable localised communities to be more sustainable and connect with the living landscape as an abundant resource. Project coordinator Felipe Molina says, “The act of planting and managing edible trees and shrubs has many positive benefits: stronger local and city-wide communities, opportunities to share skills and learn new ones, improved physical and mental well-being, and improved natural environments for people and wildlife.”

We’ve had a great response so far. If you want to find out more – the location of your nearest Food Forest Brum-supported project, to donate plants, get involved or for more information, phone Felipe on 07980272940 or email foodforestbrum@gmail.com.

Spring to Life is a Community Interest Company that promotes both personal and community wellbeing in Birmingham.

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