On Saturday, Deelands Community Garden was officially opened to the public - and it really has bloomed.
The garden has been a real community effort with local volunteers supported by the Trident Group coming together to enrich the local community by creating a garden that can be used by all.
Calling themselves the Rubery Wombles, the group secured funding from Birmingham City Council as part of a programme to build on the success of the Commonwealth Games by boosting local people's wellbeing, sense of community, and encouraging physical activity. The garden not only fostered a sense of community but will also be used as a community orchard with donations from Thatcher's cider of plants and apple trees meaning that local people can access free fruit in the autumn.
Councillor Adrian Delaney officially opened the garden by cutting the ribbon with volunteers and local residents attending the garden party to celebrate - reaping their success.
Bernie McFall, Social and Community Engagement Manager, said: “We are so pleased to see the transformation of the derelict land behind the Community Centre. It’s a fantastic community asset which will bring great joy and fun to those who use the Community Centre and the wider community. This is a wonderful example of partnership working between Trident Reach, the Rubery Wombles, and Birmingham City Council.”
The Deelands Community Garden is a real success and shows what can be achieved by local volunteers supported by colleagues. You can see the fruits of their labour in the photos below.