Giving Peas a chance

We are making special deliveries of peas to grow at home in the Balsall Heath Area. Beat the isolation blues, grow your own peas and share photos as you plant, watch grow and harvest your crop.

Chris packing up grow kits with the family

The deliveries made by General Public with The Active Wellbeing Society, work within the new Covid-19 government legislation, and every care is taken during our deliveries.

Once families have grown on their peas at home, we are inviting local people to plant out their peas – of course, observing strict social distancing at all times, either in their gardens, or in Seven Street Pocket Park.

“We’re keen to maintain the interest & energy from the Spring Fair on 1st March, and decided that a good approach might be some form of gardening by post initiative.”

Liz Rowe, activity organiser

Any activity in any Park can be your activity a day as part of lock-down. Liz, Chris and Sanj are managing ‘Gardening Together Virtually’ with local people in Seven Streets Pocket Park the Park – contact via Friends of Seven Streets Pocket Park or join the WhatsApp group at 07769530557.

Keep to the 2 metre distance, only go with people you live with and limit time outside to one piece of exercise a day.

Keep it local; Birmingham has 591 parks and public green spaces, all still open

Everything we suggest can either be done at home, in your garden if you have one, or in your local patch of green space.

Everything we suggest can either be done at home, in your garden if you have one, or in your local patch of green space.

Seven Streets Pocket Park Pea kits also contain lavender & chives – Each kit contains some compost, seeds, plant pots & instructions delivered in a cardboard box by our delivery team to your front door step. Anyone who lives in proximity to the park is welcome to a kit & you can get in contact through .

What’s in the box?

Once families have grown on their peas at home, we are invite people to plant out their peas – of course, observing strict social distancing at all times. In the raised bed growing area near Runcorn Road we will have some pea growing structures already set-up. There is also some sign making kits for participating families to design that will be installed in the Pocket Park.

“We started in early February. Things began well – We started new ‘Wild clubs’ at Clifton & Nelson Mandela Primary Schools, began talking to residents & organised a Spring Fair event at the Park on March 1st (technically the first day of spring). Despite a blustery day, we had a good turn out of local residents who came to enjoy a range of activities. A good number signed up to join a Friends of Seven Streets Pocket Park group.

And then a week or so later, Covid-19 appeared. So where does this leave us, when the project is based on getting groups of local people together to use, take care of and develop growing areas in the Pocket Park? That’s where we are now”

We will be bringing out a range of resources and activities across the next few months, including a special AR trail around the Park – these will all be available free of charge. Check our Active Communities Going Wild on facebook or the Friends of Seven Streets Pocket Park to find out more.

Marcus Belben
Author: Marcus Belben

Wild Lead