Orchard Marketplace 2

Highbury Orchard Community is a Community Interest Company, and the community we serve includes you! It provides opportunities for people to connect with the great outdoors, and especially for those whose lives are more stressed than most people’s. We are in partnership Right Start, Moseley supporting people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and with Kinmos supporting people with mental health difficulties.

As a social enterprise, the company is set up as as not-for-profit business, aiming to earn its own way while providing affordable and accessible services to our community. At present, our income is mostly from Trust funds and community grants. Our trading is limited to a few products associated with the land at Highbury, and to a few activity programmes like Woodland Play. Over time we aim to expand both the variety and quantity of items we offer. Our long term aim is to become economically self-sufficient by coordinating with other organisations on the Highbury estate and our communities to deliver a range of services and products.


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jar of Highbury honey

We are Bee Landlords for Sharif Khan who produces honey from hives all across South Birmingham. He regularly wins local prizes for his honey and in 2014 came second nationally. The honey from Orchard hives is handled separately from honey collected from other hives, and the jars are labeled as Highbury honey. Sharif also makes beeswax products such as lip balms, candles and polishes. We can arrange to sell these too!

Sharif sells direct, but also provides us with 1lb jars, which we sell at All Saints Centre Cafe, Armadillo and Kings Heath Food Assembly.  We have added a PayPal button (right sidebar, below the Donate widget) for online payments, with collection/delivery to be arranged separately. If you would like to use this method, please comment below, phone Liz or David on 0121 293 8973, or email hoccic@gmail.com.


Accessories for the Outdoors

Here in Highbury Orchard Community we’re very keen for our friends to come outdoors and connect with the natural world. The Norwegians say: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only a poor choice of clothing. So we’re hoping to engage a group of crafters (knitters and crocheters mostly) to create warm hats, scarves, gloves and welly socks to keep everyone warm and comfortable.  If you belong to a knitting circle or something similar, please get in touch at hoccic@gmail.com.

I (Liz) couldn’t keep my hands still for long and have already produced several multicoloured hats ready to be lined with cosy fleece or cotton jersey. Check at Armadillo for new items!

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Curently, Woodland Play is our leading  offer. We hold outdoor learning sessions for home-schooling families on Wednesday afternoons, and for children aged 5 – 8 and their families also on Wednesdays after school. Sessions run during term times only.  See our Woodland Play category for examples.

We have produced The Highbury Handbook of Outdoor Learning: discovering the park as a resource which is available to people who want to help children connect with nature. There is information in there specific to Highbury Park, but it would be useful when visiting any park or open space. This has been made possible through Awards for All funding in 2013-2014. Look out for it at Kings Heath farmers market, and other occasons, or ask Liz for a free copy.



2 thoughts on “Orchard Marketplace

  1. dina Sep 28,2014 13:03

    hi does the honey you sell come from the bees in highbury park??

  2. SiteMgr Dec 18,2014 23:27

    Indeed it does! The bees live in hives next to the orchard, and fly across the wider area foraging for nectar. We can’t say where they go, but different batches of honey have different fragrances, and sometimes we have ideas about what kinds of flowers they’ve been visiting.

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