The huge success of Fruit & Nut Village, has now led to it moving from a partnership project between Spring to Life (Food Forest Brum) and Lets Grow Together, to an organisation in itself – a CIO. We are pleased to see it expand and grow. Spring to Life will continue to work closely with Fruit & Nut Village, on many levels, including Mother Gardens partnerships and through well-being work initiatives.
There are now visions and plans to develop Fruit & Nut Villages in other areas of the city. The first of these is Druids Heath. This comes from interest from Druids Heath residents after them having visited Fruit & Nut Village Stirchley sites and become inspired.
Mother Gardens supported the early stages of this new project, by helping engage other Druids Heath residents, developing a list of local people including keen gardeners wanting to be part of a community gardening group. Working with local people and groups in Druids Heath, including Druids Heath and Monyhull Forum and Kings Norton Parish Church, we engaged local people through door to door conversations and pop up stalls giving out plants and information.
Now funded by Selly Oak NNS, Fruit & Nut Village alongside a new Druids Heath-based green and well-being network called Planting Seeds of Hope, has been giving out a large number of Mother Garden growing kits – ideal for windowsills to grow salads, to get people into growing and to cultivate long term connections with people. This has also involved holding conversations with people about the possibilities of developing productive and wildlife-rich green spaces in their neighbourhoods.
This grant is now funding a first big event in the area, a Clean up and Green up day on the 31st of July. See poster below.