Incredible Edible Northfield

There are loads of exciting projects happening in Northfield to grow and produce our own food. Locally grown food has loads of benefits for us and the environment:

  • it tastes better because it is fresh
  • it keeps more nutrients because it is fresh
  • it hasn’t had to travel half way round the world
  • more plants mean more diversity which encourages wildlife and builds ecosystems
  • community food growing means lots of opportunities to learn new skills, meet great people, get some exercise and have fun.

This page will help you decide how to get involved.

Incredible Edible

Other Food Growing Projects

Alongside Northfield’s food growing projects there are many other groups and organisations that run food related activities across the city. Here are some good examples:

Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

Birmingham Organic Gardeners www.facebook.com/BirminghamOrganicGardeners

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens www.cbhgt.org.uk

Edible Eastside http://edibleeastside.net/

Garden Organic (Coventry) www.gardenorganic.org.uk

Martineau Gardens www.martineau-gardens.org.uk

Winterbourne Gardens www.winterbourne.org.uk

This isn’t a comprehensive list and there’s a good chance that wherever you live in Birmingham there will be a community food project close by.

Check out Growing Birmingham for more details.

Farmers Markets

Birmingham New Street – First and Third Wednesday in the month

Birmingham University

Harborne – Second Saturday of the month, 9am – 2pm. B17 9NR.

Kings Heath – First Saturday of the month, 9am – 3.30pm. Outside All Saints Church on the corner of Vicarage Road and the High Street

Kings Norton – Second Saturday of the month. 9am – 2pm. Kings Norton Green. B38 8RU.

Moseley – Fourth Saturday in the month. 9am – 3pm. Moseley centre, on the Village Green and Alcester Road and St Mary’s Road

Stirchley – First Tuesday of the months. 4pm – 8pm. Stirchley United Workign Men’s Club. B30 2PP.

Bournville – held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, all year. Open from 9am-2pm and located at Rowheath Pavilion.

Friends of Park groups

These groups are all about looking after our local green spaces. Some may involve food growing and many host community orchards but they all do amazing work developing and maintaining our local parks.

For more information you can visit:

Northfield Constituency Environmental Forum: http://ncef.btck.co.uk/

Birmingham Open Spaces Forum www.bosf.org.uk (has a list of open spaces including park groups)

Click here for a map of Birmingham’s Friends of Park groups

Park Groups In and Near Northfield:

Balaams Wood www.balaamswoodlnr.btck.co.uk

Fields Millenium Green http://ncef.btck.co.uk/Members/TheFieldsMillenniumGreen

King Norton Nature Reserve www.fknnr.org.uk/index_refresh.html and Wychall Reservoir www.riverreatrail.org.uk

Friends of Kings Norton Park www.friendsofkingsnortonpark.blogspot.com

Friends of Ley Hill Park www.folhpark.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

The Lickey Hills Society http://www.lickey.plus.com/lhs/index.htm

Friends of Manor Farm Park www.friendsofmanorfarmpark.org.uk

Rea Valley Conservation Group http://ncef.btck.co.uk/Members/ReaValleyConservationGroup

Friends of Victoria Common (Northfield) http://www.northfieldecocentre.com/friends-of-victoria-common/

Birmingham Allotments

Birmingham has the largest provision of allotments of any Local Authority in the UK with 115 sites and nearly 7,000 plots. Northfield constituency has 9 allotment sites, these are:

Kings Norton – Bells Sports field, Hurst Mill and Lifford Lane

Longbridge – The Leys

Northfield – Clunbury Road, Cofton Road, Coney Green Drive and West Heath

Weoley – Lower Tinkers Farm

If you wish to request an allotment plot click here for the council application form.