A developing community garden in Frankley is connecting participants of all ages by bringing together schools, community groups, families and other community partners.
The project is spearheaded by Frankley Family Forum (FFF), a group of parents and carers who run activities to improve lives and support families and others in the area.
The community garden is outside Frankley Library – which is housed within Balaam Wood School – and the garden was previously maintained by former New Frankley Parish councillor Malcom Keating.
When Malcolm sadly passed away last year, the father of a FFF member was going to take over its upkeep, but he too unfortunately passed so the forum members decided to take on the challenge themselves, in Malcolm’s memory.
The community garden is promoting a healthy lifestyle for all ages – exercise, fresh organic produce and the outdoors.
Working with national charity Garden Organic, the group have cleared the area and begun to plant vegetables and plants in planters.
Tammy Clayton from FFF said that local schools and nurseries will have planters to help look after and an opening celebration was being planned for the summer.
She said they are also hoping to hold a gardening club to get children and parents and carers involved during the 6 week holidays, incorporating teaching cooking healthy meals from the produce gathered from the garden.
A memorial bench and seating area for community use is also planned.
Tammy said: “We want to thank the parish council, Frankley Library and Mr McGarvey from Balaam Wood School for their support and letting us use and extend the space outside library.”
Anyone is welcome to pop along on Mondays between 10am and 2pm – to join in or just to see what’s being done.
At the moment, the gardeners are also asking for donations of any leftover household tiles. These can be dropped into New Frankley in Birmingham Parish Council Office in Arden Road shops Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm.