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


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


Urban Veg is really excited to be working with Northfield Ecocentre, Martineau Gardens and Growing Birmingham to get the Urban Harvest project up and running again this year.

The aim is to help harvest fruit (mainly apples this year) from all over Birmingham and beyond which would normally go to waste. Choice, named varieties will be donated and sold back to the people of Birmingham. In future years there’s a hope to juice the apples but there’s a need to find a cheap juicing and pasteurising method (get in touch if you know!).


To get the ball rolling (or should that be apple bobbing?) there’s a bit of crowd funding to be done and THEN at harvest time there will be equipment and a coordinator to make the harvest efficient, fun and productive. Any profits will be plunged back into the project for next year.

If you want to HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN please have a look at donating, following the project on twitter and join the facebook group. Signing up will mean you are kept informed of developments, calls for apple trees, picking days, events and lots more.

There are rewards for donations including Urban Veg  discounts and free places on our MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE JUICE AND CIDER course on the 27th October (Places still available even if you don’t donate, please see course list for details and cost).

This is a great project which is truly collaborative and community-oriented. To make it happen we need lots of people to help so please, share links, and publish widely!