Between February and July 2022 residents of Billesley Ward and Brandwood neighbourhoods took part in our Metre Meadow project, a community wildflower ‘sewing’ and ‘sowing’ project to help brighten up the area.

What was the project about?

The project was about sewing and sowing for fun and for wellbeing and bringing people age 50+ living in the same area together in a relaxed, safe and sociable environment. 

We met every three to four weeks at Warstock Community Centre and St Bedes Church to stitch wildflower designs.

The metre meadow artworks have been created for the wider community and visitors to enjoy (including the bees!) and will form part of the ‘Brighten Up Brandwood outdoor art gallery during the Commonwealth Games (in window displays) and then in window displays around Billesley.

Collaboration with The Patchwork Meadow

 

We joined forces with The Patchwork Meadow, a voluntary-led constituted organisation with charitable aims who work across the city to help people brighten up their own neighbourhoods, bring back the pollinators and give people the opportunity to engage with nature on a daily basis.

Lots of free seed packets were given out as part of this project and in an attempt  to sow 300m2 of wildflower meadow across Billesley ward and Brandwood neighbourhoods. More meadow making to do in the Autumn.

We celebrated everyone's stitches on 26 July and the artworks are on tour in shop windows.

Thank you to Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme for funding the project.