Here’s a chance to grow your own at the British Oak

The British Oak in Stirchley is branching out into urban horticulture – by starting a free community allotment.

Part of the extensive grounds behind the Grade II listed pub in Pershore Road will be converted into a growing area where local people will be able to produce their own fruit and veg.
The pub hopes to use some of the produce in its own kitchens.

Next step

The scheme is the latest stage in rebirth of the pub, opened in 1926 and taken over last year by the Humble Pub Company, which also owns the award-winning Princes of Wales, Dark Horse and Cheval Blanc in Moseley.

A spokesman said: “At the British Oak we want to create a community-owned allotment for Stirchley’s residents.
“The aim is to provide those without access to suitable space an opportunity to grow their own fruit and veg, free of charge, while giving local schools and groups the option to visit and learn more about the benefits of growing your own.

Expert help

“This will also be supported by a gardener, employed by the British Oak to help maintain and educate those who are looking to engage.”
Anyone who is interested in taking space, helping to manage the allotment or becoming involved in any there way should contact Tiff Byrne at


The British Oak
1364 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2XS. 0121 458 1758.

I work as a freelance consultant with the British Oak.