For twelve weeks we ran a community DIY build & environmental improvement project for the over 50s. Our Pallet to Planter project started in late February. We reclaimed wood and repurposed it to build 44 planters which we then gave away!
We then delivered planters all over the area for residents to adopt and grow small wildflower meadows in their front gardens and driveways (‘pit stops’ for pollinators) – so everyone gets to enjoy the blooms – especially the bees.
At the beginning of 2022 we teamed up with the local Neighbourhood Network Scheme to do some community engagement and activity planning work which included a resident survey, face to face meetings and some focus group discussions. We wanted to understand what matters to people living in Brandwood’s neighbourhoods, what social connections people enjoy and need, and how many people identified as experiencing loneliness. Most importantly we tried to understand what projects and activities residents were interested in and how we could help reduce social isolation. This work is helping to shape our plans moving forward.
Between May and August 2022 we are ran a project to shine a spotlight on all the brilliant places and people who live in the Brandwood area, brighten up our streets with creativity and wildflower meadows and bring people
together at events, workshops and community litter picks.
Together we wanted to put our little corner of South Birmingham on the map, encourage people to get talking and give the rest of the city something to talk about!