Rural Scenes in Acocks Green

Fox Hollies Environmental Centre is run by Fox Hollies Community Association (registered Charity 701230) and is on Greenwood Avenue, Acocks Green, B27 7RA.

The centre provides local children and parents with the opportunity to experience farm animals, gardening and wildlife first hand. It has become an important educational resource for local primary schools to use as a study centre and it also offers work experience placements and volunteer work for local colleges, secondary schools and the public.  After-school clubs and youth groups have also used the centre for a series of project based work.

Established 25 years ago the centre had a very successful re-opening in September 2013 by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, after a major refurbishment.

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Entrance is free however they do ask for a donation to help towards the feeding of the animals. Volunteers are always welcome. Group and school visits by arrangement.  They also have a pet shop.  Fox Hollies Pet Shop offers a large range of pet food and pet toys it opens with Centre’s opening hours.

Usual Opening Times: –
Winter months Monday to Friday 1pm to 4pm
Summer months 2pm- 5pm
every Saturday 10.30-4pm  including school holidays for children and adults to visit.

You can contact the centre on 0121 706 0652.

At the moment it houses pigmy goats, sheep, chickens and ducks, together with a number of small animals and reptiles. It also have a garden area with raised beds for disabled use. They are developing ‘growing and eating’ projects as part of the refurbishment. The Princes Trust renovated our wildlife area and they are now able to offer a ‘ Forest School’ experience. With Spring in the air they are looking forward to lots of visitors and new activities for all ages from growing and cooking to animal husbandry.
For further details contact Louise Crampton 706 0652  or email:
Also now introducing: Monday Gardening Group‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ 1.30pm to 3pm – Come along and meet resident gardener Elaine Scott. She will show you how to grow your own vegetables, flowers, hanging baskets and patio plants. £2.50 per week which includes seeds, seedlings, use of tools and advice. You can also have a garden plot to grow your vegetables on site. Further details from Elaine on address/number above.
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2 Responses to Rural Scenes in Acocks Green

  1. Kate Tipton says:

    Hi. I’ve lived here 30 years and only just heard about you today! I would like to join the growing vegetables group.
    I am in an electric scooter and wonder how easy it is to access the grounds. Also, might there be someone available to help me to get my scooter out of the boot of my car or is that too much to ask? 😜 failing that l can use crutches for a short walk but would need a chair due to back & knee injuries.
    Many thanks
    Kate (Tipton)

    • gedhughes says:

      Hello Kate. Thanks for your email. I am a little confused to be honest about what group you are referring to? There is Acocks Green Village in Bloom that does gardening around the village, but what grounds are you referring to? I hope that if I can get a little more info from you I might be able to help. All the best – Ged, Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

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