Home Grow -Edible Resilience for communities in Birmingham
Responding to the struggles that people have been facing due to Covid 19 and the lockdown, Spring to Life’s Mother gardens project received funding from The National Lottery and Heart of England Community Foundation, to support people to grow food and develop garden spaces at home as a way to aid positive mental well-being, stay active and connect with others.
Being a network, Mother gardens project is working with a number of organisations and food growing initiatives from around the city to deliver this scheme. These groups and their sites are Mother garden hubs which will offer households in their own localities advice, plants and seeds, and opportunities to connect with their community.
During the crisis of the last six months, we have seen a sharp increase in people’s interest in gardening and nature. With a large majority of people stuck at home, people have turned to their gardens as a space of comfort to help manage their well-being. We have also seen an emergence of a culture of solidarity with people in communities looking out for one another. The Mother gardens project aims to take advantage of these two new trends, through the ‘Home Grow’ scheme.
As part of this scheme we also aim to help people connect with other green spaces out in the community run by these local mother garden hubs. These connections between community groups and households then have the potential to last beyond the lockdown.
The best way to register/get involved is to get in touch with your local hub:
Ladywood & North Edgbaston- Eat Make Play
Handsworth, Birchfield, Perry Barr, Aston, Wilson Green, Wilton – Vegan Vybes Earth Gardens
Kings Heath – Highbury Orchard Community
Bournville, Stirchley – Kushinga Community Garden
Sparkhill – Springfield Allotment Earth School
Shard End – Shard End Community Project
Smethwick – Birmingham Community Solidarity
These three organisations are running separately funded home growing support projects, but are still part of the Mother gardens network:
Stirchley – Let’s Grow Together & Fruit and Nut Village
Northfield, Frankley – Allens Cross Community Garden
Firs & Bromford, Hodge Hill – Greener Cleaner Firs & Bromford
If you do not live in any of these areas and are interested, please get in touch directly. Check out contact details on flyer below.
We also wish to invite any keen gardener or other community gardening project to sign up as a mother garden and join this network, to share and receive resources and materials.
Mother gardens is a Spring to Life project developed in 2014 promoting mutual aid through the sharing of plants, seeds and resources. Click here to find out more about the wider project.
Get in touch to receive support to home grow or to be mother garden.