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)


Community Food Festival, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 15th September 2013 from 10-6.30 FREE ENTRY

A celebration of everything edible from the West Midlands (WM) including a horticultural show so you can show off your amazing fruit and veg, a community hub so you can touch base with the amazing projects from the area AND OF COURSE delicious food to buy and eat from WM producers.

The day is set to be a cracker, with so much to see and do it promises to entertain the whole family and fill them full of beautiful food!

Buy fresh produce, jams, chutney, honey and more from the West Midlands

Ready to eat and buy food to fill your bellies and imagination!

Urban Veg and many other community groups will be there to tell you what’s happening in Birmingham.

Come and show off your prized veggies (set up 8-1030)

Horticultural Show Entries and Information

If you would like to be part of the show as a producer, community group, food vendor and more visit the Birmingham Botanical pages for more information and registration

If you wish to have further information, please contact Chris Blythe