Bloomin’ Brum: engaging young people via community gardening

Bloomin’ Brum are making a real difference in the city by empowering disadvantaged young people through community gardening.

Since winning funding from Birmingham Civic Society, the group has gone from strength to strength and on Saturday 16th June they are hosting a launch event to celebrate all the hard work thus far.

Last weekend, dozens of residents in Erdington got together to transform a local space into a shared garden. Flora McCall, one of the project leaders, said:

“We had over 15 volunteers and 30/35 members of the community (adults and children) arrive to lend a hand. We had members of the community bringing equipment, lending tools/ bringing homemade bird feeders etc.

Mysteriously, we arrived on the second day and someone had moved a lot of the rubbish and scrap that was out the back and put it out the front in a pile for the scrap man to take! This shows real involvement from the community which we are chuffed about.

The young people absolutely love the space and apparently have been going out and spending their free time there! This shows real engagement: they have been watering the plants, checking the bug and hedgehog houses for nature, and making sure it is all kept tidy.”

Come and support Bloomin’ Brum at their launch event

On Saturday 16th June, Bloomin’ Brum are hosting a launch event for the wider project – and would love for you to be there!

Councillor Robert Alden will be a guest, alongside the volunteers who helped out and of course, the young people themselves. Families and local residents will also be in attendance. Flora commented:

“The whole point is that we want it to become a space that is used for events – and is just a nice, relaxing place to be for members of the community.

We’re putting on food at the launch event, alongside music and games. I’m especially excited for the young people to show their families what they have created.”

The young people will also receive certificates celebrating their participation.

Bloomin’ Brum, a social action project as part of youth leadership programme UpRising, have big plans to transform community spaces through engaging with young people from some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities.

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