Calling All Green-Fingered Folk

Are you a passionate gardener with a few hours to spare on Saturday mornings? Yes? Then we need your green fingers to help develop an urban farm in Birmingham!

Plans are underway for an urban farm to be set up on a plot of land in a field next to St Chad’s Primary School.

The bright idea has been initiated by Elodie Wagdala, a parishioner at St Chad’s Cathedral and a CAFOD volunteer. Elodie, together with members of the parish, the school and CAFOD, are hoping the farm will benefit the local community, including the refugees who are supported by St Chad’s Sanctuary.

In recent months the group of enthusiasts have met to discuss the development of the farm, and all they need to get the scheme off the ground is a regular gardener.

Eileen Maguire, who is issuing the plea for help, said: “The project can get underway as soon as a regular gardener has been found. Someone who is able to plan the preparation of the soil and growing of appropriate produce, and supervise volunteers.

“Access to the garden is only available on Saturday mornings, so the volunteer lead gardener would need to be available during this time on a regular basis.”

If you can help transform a plot of land into an exciting community venture please email Eileen at

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