Community Gardens

Northfield Ecocentre has extensive experience working with communities to create thriving community gardens that allow people to share and develop food growing skills whilst enjoying a healthier diet and lifestyle and living alongside nature. The original Ecocentre garden is now run by a home-schooling network. Masefield and Allens Cross regularly win RHS awards at levels 4 and 5. Allens Cross also hosts Bee Mindful a beekeeping educational area. Our new community allotment at Coney Green Drive (plot 2) is engaging communities across Northfield and Longbridge.

We provide a range of opportunities for getting involved as a user, volunteer or partner. Find out about our regular sessions and one-off courses, workshops and events below.

For more information and to find out how we can help you, contact us ediblebrum@northfieldecocentre.com or 0121 4480119

How to Get Involved

Dates & locations:

  • Masefield Community Garden, Lindsey Ave, Northfield B31 2D7 – Wednesdays 10-2 and Saturdays 10-12
  • Allens Cross Community Garden, Tinkers Farm Rd, Northfield B31 1RH – Tuesdays 10-3 and Fridays 10-3
  • Coney Green Drive Allotments, Plot 2, Mill Walk Lane, B31 4DP – Wednesdays 10:30-12:30

Benefits

  • Learning new food growing and other skills
  • Volunteering your time to help others
  • Get active and feel healthier
  • Beekeeping education at Allens Cross


Allens Cross Community Garden

We run regular ‘grow your own’ sessions at Allens Cross Community Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-3pm. For more information and to get in touch with them visit their website here and their facebook page here.

Masefield Community Garden

The site has a composting toilet, polytunnel, a fruit tree nursery and earth oven and holds regular events across the year as well as some our Green Generations projects. A regular session at Masefield Community Garden runs on Wednesdays 10am-1pm with the Friends group. Visit the Masefield Community Garden facebook page here.

Move More Eat Well & Coney Green Drive Allotments

Between 2016 and 2018 we are running a number of courses, support schemes and sessions for the communities of Longbridge, Northfield, Rubery and Cofton as part of the Move More Eat Well programme. Aimed at helping people feel healthier, we are offering ways to get active through growing your own food and learning more about healthy lifestyles through cooking and healthy eating sessions with community groups and childrens centres. We can also help groups set up their growing space as part of our Power2Grow scheme so get in touch with jackie@northfieldecocentre.com or visit the Move More Eat Well site.

Bee Mindful

Bee Mindful was set up in 2017 with support from Central England Co-Operative and based at Allens Cross Community Centre Gardens. The project demonstrates natural bee-keeping and aims to teach school children about bees and other pollinators and their connection to what we grow in the garden and eat. Visit the Bee Mindful facebook page here.

 

For more information or to book a session contact Jackie Careless on 0121 448 0119 or email: ediblebrum@northfieldecocentre.com

Case studies

Allens Cross Community GardenSince 2015 we have provided 2 days a week support to Allens Cross Community Association to deliver a community growing space for the Trescott housing estate. The Association had no experience of running a community garden. Our support and training sessions included volunteer management and community engagement, site design & management, supervision of construction, volunteer Read more

Testimonies