Volunteers @Bleakhouse community garden
We are trying to get a regular group of volunteers together to maintain, implement the plan and develop the gardens along permaculture ethics/principles. We are an informal not for profit group exploring aspects of permaculture including ways of gardening and creating a sustainable,inclusive community. We love meeting people so if you would like to be involved (a little or a lot!) please get in touch.
Some of objectives of the group are; Holding workshops, skill sharing and networking events, Networking with other groups who hold similar interests, The development of our local seedbank to be used as a future resource and address such issues as seed/food sovereignty and health and we also hold plant swops.
To help with the creation of local social enterprise including our own and provide support and advice, which will in turn help to create a strong, sustainable truly green local economy.
The creation and development of a permaculture open source database both physically and online for people to access and also contribute to, - aside from the information on this website we have a shared Mega cloud storage database.
To help and promote permaculture/sustainability research. Including the exploration of alternative, reliable and locally produced food. For example alternatives to Wheat, Maize, Rice and Soy.How growing methods can be improved and growing seasons can be extended. The study of alternative native resources e.g., Nettles (food, medicinal,food)
We are currently working on a local community Herbal project, studying our native plants for health and healing among other thing.
As part of our permaculture group we are pleased to announce that we are the guardians of Bleakhouse library Community garden (Oldbury, Sandwell). It is being handed over to our group and the Community by Countershade who recently renovated the space as part of the Sow We Grow Project.
We have lots of ideas about how we would like to develop the space we will be basing our community Seedbank there, holding social community events as well as implementing a permaculture plan for the space, we will be holding regular workdays and are organising a small monthly farmers market.
This space is available to be used by every one in the community individuals and groups, schools and other organisations for recreation and social purposes as well as education and holistic therapy