Bloomin’ Brum Campaign Gets Backing of Birmingham Civic Society
A new Brum-based social action campaign, set up to empower disadvantaged young people through community gardening, has won funding from Birmingham Civic Society.
Bloomin’ Brum, a social action project stemming from the 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.
One of the project’s leaders, Flora McCall, said:
Studies suggest that spending time outdoors and being close to nature improves a person’s mental health. Despite Birmingham being one of the greenest cities in the UK, with over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces, research shows that people that are poorer aren’t as in touch with nature. We hope to break this cycle through Bloomin’ Brum.
The team are currently working with one group of young people at a youth centre in Erdington to create a sustainable green space.
The young people are managing the project, while the team support them to develop the necessary skills in landscape design, budgeting and prioritising, planting and creating recycled gardening tools.
The next step is to begin creating the garden. Two volunteering days will be held in June at the site. If you are a gardening expert, green fingered or just enthusiastic and fancy getting involved, sign up at the Eventbrite below.
The team are also looking for any donations of new/ recycled items that could be used in the garden, if you have anything available, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have a look at what else Bloomin’ Brum has been up to, check out their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloominbrum/