We have visited Martineau Gardens after being prompted by a newspaper article about free things to do with family in the West Midlands.
Martineau Gardens is a therapeutic organically maintained Community Garden that is run by staff and volunteers. This volunteering scheme provides structure to the lives of people with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues amongst others.
This is such a little gem of a place just a few miles outside of Central Birmingham in Edgbaston (near to the Cricket Ground).
It is a working garden that begins with a vegetable plot and ends with a woodland area with a couple of pleasant surprises along the way.
There is also a very well-stocked plant shop which we bought some excellent marginal plants for our pond including the beautiful Persicaria bistorta Superba.
|One of many numbered bird boxes high up on trees
|Ferns growing on stump
As we wandered through the space we became aware that although just a few minutes from the busy A38 we were in a quiet and tranquil space - we could have been in the middle of the countryside.