Gardening at the Library of Birmingham

Library of BirminghamToday is the first Thursday in 6 weeks without our lovely Library of Birmingham volunteers. It is a sad day but also a proud one as hopefully they are all enjoying themselves in their new garden on the 3rd floor terrace of the new library building.

Of the hundreds of volunteers who put themselves forward only a handful were lucky enough to be chosen to work on the gardens. The volunteers who got through were then trained in basic gardening techniques at Urban Veg with help from the Winterbourne gardeners.

Volunteers came from a wide range of backgrounds and had varying gardening abilities but they shared one thing in common; they all had a passion to bring nature and food growing to the terraces.

The volunteers split themselves into two groups for training, one for the morning and one for afternoon. Now they tend to the garden in small groups or on their own during the week.

After getting to know the volunteers we feel that the plants at the new library couldn’t be in better hands and we hope that their time at Urban Veg will help them through the next season and beyond.


If you or your group would like bespoke training at Urban Veg please get in touch… or call 0121 414 3003 (option 4)

Morning group volunteers

Morning Group Graduates

Afternoon Group Graduates

Afternoon Group Graduates


Home made apple juice and cider

Apple PressLearn a skill which will quench your thirst!

On the 27th October we will be running an apple juicing and cider making course here at Urban Veg.

The course will cost £35 and you can bring along your own apples to be juiced on the day.

Wade Muggleton, permaculturalist, tree expert and apple lover will take you through the picking, juicing, pasteurising and fermenting of apples to create wonderful, delicious drinks!

More details

To book please call 0121 414 3003 (option 4)


Congratulations to Northfield Ecocentre

Congratulations to Northfield Ecocentre for raising £10k to give Urban Harvest a kick start!


Northfield Ecocentre will be out picking every Tuesday and Thursday from 26th September until the end of October (ish) or whenever the fruit runs out.  If you’re interested, they will meet at the Ecocentre at 9.30am and aim to arrive back around 4pm.

Help pick for some or all of the day. They will arrange to get you to the sites but please bring a packed lunch if you are coming for the whole day.

Its a good idea to wear long sleeves and closed toe shoes as apples can be heavy and hurt if they land on you! They also have some hard hats for you to wear.

On Thursdays from 10th October Northfield Ecocentre will be picking in the evening until the light fades, meet at the Ecocentre at 5.30pm.

There will also be a family picking day on Saturday 19th October.

Northfield Ecocentre would also be interested in taking fruit at the centre. Please get in touch if you’d like to do this.

If you can help please contact Georgia on 0121 448 0119 or email