St. Paul's Community Development Trust

Press Release: Balsall Heath City Farm

New Partnership Gives Hope to City Farm

St. Paul’s Community Development Trust are happy to announce that following lengthy discussions with a number of organisations agreement has been reached with The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) that will secure the long term viability of the Balsall Heath City Farm.

Threatened with closure since December 2018 St. Paul’s have been working with a number of organisations to try to secure the long-term viability of the City Farm. Now agreement has been reached with TAWS which means that the farm which has operated in Balsall Heath for over 40 years will remain open.

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End of an era, start of a new journey for St. Barnabas Nursery

St. Barnabas Nursery has been a part of the St Paul’s nursery provision for 11 years. The service that the team have provided to children and parents has always been excellent and a real credit to St. Paul’s.

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In December 2018 Trustees of St Paul’s carried out a review of the organisations’ business activity and took a decision based on financial considerations to dispose of St Barnabas nursery. This was a very difficult decision but made easier as the manager of the setting Noreen Khan proposed that she take over the business under a new company. Trustees accepted this proposal.

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Unique Urban Farm To Close

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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.

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