Balsall Heath Play Kitchen and Pocket Garden
by The Parakeet
What will you make in the Balsall Heath Play Kitchen and Pocket Garden?
Dreamed-up delicious dinners? Super fresh salads or invented brews, tonics, and teas? At this hideaway kitchen garden cafe, children are the cooks and grown-ups get to sit in the sun and be served (for a change)! Using gentle hands, children can pick the outer leaves of leafy greens and use them in their imaginary dishes, water the plants and when they have finished, they can feed their green scraps to our friendly worms, who will make it back into nutrient-rich soil again.
The Balsall Heath Play Kitchen and Pocket Garden encourages children to explore their culinary talents, engage with the natural world, and learn about the soil cycle through their play.
About The Parakeet
At The Parakeet we partner with children and families to imagine and create worlds of greater joy, play, nature connection and justice. For this project items have been sourced from Birmingham Scrapstore, charity shops, reclaimed from skips and found at local Car boot sales. The kitchen has been made from reclaimed timber.
Guidance has kindly been given by The Compost Connection CIC who offer a range of workshops and advice on setting up a composting system at home, on your allotment or at your community growing project.
On 8th July grow your own edible plants with Fruit and Nut Village in the Balsall Heath Play Kitchen and Pocket Garden
View event here >
Fruit & Nut Village (CIO) is a Charity based in Birmingham, growing orchards and perennial food spaces, working with local communities to develop a range of edible landscapes.
They manage around 40 growing spaces in total, across Balsall Heath, Druids Heath and Stirchley.
More about Fruit and Nut Village here >
The Edible Kitchen is open:
10am-6pm Monday – Friday
10am-4pm Every Saturday throughout July
Balsall Heath’s Living Room is part of the Diving In Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund