Balsall Heath City Farm
‘A little bit of nature and a little bit of countryside in the city is very important in today’s hectic society.’
Balsall Heath City Farm opened in 1980, and provides local families in the city with access to animals that they otherwise might not see.
What is Balsall Heath City Farm?
Balsall Heath City Farm was developed with ‘Malvern Street Adventure Playground’, to support the local community in the deprived area of Balsall Heath, where, at the time, many children were missing out on education.
The farm started with just a few chickens and a couple of goats but was grown by volunteers from the community, and is now home to sheep, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, geese, turkeys and cats! The site has become a popular community and educational resource, open seven days a week, with play schemes in the school holidays for local children.
They aim to teach children about animals, but have also seen that City Farm teaches children and families about care and respect for others, as well as boosting the wellbeing of visitors by spending time outdoors, with animals, and by growing flowers and vegetables.
The farm is free to visitors and receives no government or council funding so relies on donations to maintain the site and care for the 50 animals that live there.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The farm is, sadly, at risk of closure due to lack of funding. The current donations and animal sponsorship scheme are not enough to cover the costs of maintaining the site.
Balsall Heath City Farm would use the funding from LoveBrum to improve their visitor facilities by converting their old stable into an accessible toilet, as there is currently no such facility on site. This would improve visitor comfort and encourage them to stay for longer, as well as purchase refreshments. Visitors would also be able to travel from further, and spend the day at the farm.
This ability to generate more income would mean the farm would be self sustainable for the future, allowing them to stay open and providing an inner-city oasis for the local, and wider Birmingham, community.
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Where can people go to find out more about Balsall Heath City Farm?
Hywel Williams, Farm Manager
Tel: 0121 464 1888