Mission Possible @ Uplands

Cost of project

£2,800

Intro

Based in Handsworth, Uplands Allotments are located at the highest point in Birmingham.  They are also the second largest open space in Birmingham and the largest allotments in the UK.

The team at Uplands would like to use their space as a catalyst for the development of a low carbon, sustainable community in the north of the city.

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What is Mission Possible at Uplands?

This is a voluntary project officially attached to the Uplands Allotments Cooperative Association, managed by a Project Advisory Group (PAG) of volunteers and supported by Birmingham City Council.

The team are seeking funds for the renovation at Uplands, supporting Birmingham City University architecture students to convert their ‘Shack’ community space into a Community Kitchen and an outdoor environmental learning zone for local schools and community groups.

They want to educate and encourage better understanding of the process of food manufacture, production and sustainable resource management.

The centrepiece of the zone will be a handmade clay pizza oven and BBQ space made from locally sourced materials.  This is not just any pizza oven, but a fully sustainable, self-contained, hydroelectric energy system!

Waste heat from the oven is captured, heating water and pumping it to a high level tank. A gravity fed hydro generator then produces electricity on demand, not just when the oven is running!

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This project is all about integrating simple sustainable solutions into a diverse cultural and social context. It will be used to generate social events, meetings, dining areas, teaching and learning opportunities for a wide range of participants.

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

For the provision of materials to produce:

  • Brick and Clay Pizza Oven & BBQ
  • Water tank and Supporting Structure
  • Hydro electric energy system and pump
  • Rainwater collection canopy
  • Outdoor Kitchen & Utility space
  • Dining Table and seating
  • Community Planters
  • Waste storage and recycling area.

Labour will be provided by BCU students.

Where can people go to find out more about Mission Possible at Uplands?

Visit website: www.allotmentgarden.net/Uplands/

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