Food Forest Brum
‘People benefit emotionally and physically from joining in the activities we’re putting on.’
Food Forest Brum is a project run by Spring to Life, an organisation that started in 2002 to offer mental health support and therapy following the closure of Longbridge car plant, where many people were laid off and in need of well-being support. The organisation has since expanded its programme to a wide range of personal, group and community well-being interventions, including Food Forest Brum!
What is Food Forest Brum?
Spring to Life began to notice a range of increasing issues around food insecurity, and food poverty, in the UK and beyond. There were many people in communities everywhere struggling to feed themselves and their families, who need to resort to food banks. Food Forest Brum creates spaces where food is cultivated and available in these communities, which helps to address these issues and can be used as a foundation to build community resilience.
The project creates orchards, nut groves, and forest gardens in public and semi-public areas of Birmingham in order to feed people now, and for generations to come. Food Forest Brum also hopes that setting up these spaces will provide more certainty to younger and future generations, and reduce the problems they may inherit in accessing a healthy and sustainable food supply. The project has already planted a number of these over the last four years but some of these will need to be revisited in order to help them maintain, prune and care for the trees.
They have also introduced a sub-project called ‘Fruit and Nut Village’ which consists of developing these type of spaces within a single area, currently Stirchley. Once ‘Fruit and Nut Village Stirchley’ is established, they will be able to roll this out to other areas of Birmingham.
Food Forest Brum’s aim is for people in communities across Birmingham to be able to access food for free from the forest gardens, both now, and in the future.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
A £2,000 grant from LoveBrum will be able to support Food Forest Brum’s work with local communities and help to develop and care for edible trees in 10 existing sites.
The project will also use the funding to help establish the forest garden within the Fruit and Nut Village Stirchley by paying for a variety of plants, and for the coordination of the project.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Food Forest Brum?
Felipe Molina, Project Coordinator
Tel: 07856 277 028