Balsall Heath City Farm is set to close by the end of March, unless new money can be raised to support it.
Set up by a group of residents in 1980, with just a few chickens, the farm now includes sheep, goats, rabbits, ducks, geese and turkeys. The Farm costs some £55,000 a year to run, and its parent body, St Paul’s Community Development Trust, says it can no longer afford to keep it open.
The farm is enjoyed by local children and their families, providing close up access to animals in one of Birmingham’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Visitors who came as children now bring their own little ones down to see the 50 animals that live on the Farm. Others come as volunteers to help feed the animals and grow flowers and vegetables. Entrance to the farm has always been free, but staff also run educational visits for nurseries, schools and other groups.
We will be holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesdays between 10am and 11:30am for people aged over 50 to come along and have some refreshments and take part in activities in and around our City Farm. Please see the flyer below for more information or you can call 0121 464 1888 and ask for Anita or Hywel.
For several years, our Farm was an integral part of Balsall Heath in Bloom, the areas’ entry in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. This year we entered the smaller “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards just for the Farm itself.