Once a disused courtyard of an ex-factory building in the heart of the inner-city residential area, the site now hosts a garden for local residents. Raised beds built from recycled materials will be used to grow fruit, vegetables and useful plants. Local artists and activists have helped coordinate the project.
Artist Tessa Burwood said: "It is such a thrill to open the gates on Gaia's Garden, just as the sun is warming the soil, and the natural world on our doorstep is beginning to blossom. There is a wealth of horticultural knowledge in our neighbourhood, and so many food traditions based around the use of fresh produce.
"This is not a finished, consumer-focused space - it's a platform. At our Launch Day we invite everyone who visits to dig in and make their mark. In creating a green space where people can get stuck in and grow useful plants together, we hope Gaia's Garden will flourish in joyful celebration of Balsall Heath, and all it can offer to Birmingham."
Gaia's Garden will also be working with Grow Wild, the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – a campaign to plant native wild flowers all over the UK, to brighten up backyards, balconies and public spaces, supported by the Big Lottery Fund.