Posted on

Primrose Tea


20160325_160137 20160325_160108

Primrose! The lovely little five petal delicate flower we love to have in our gardens – is totally edible! Both leaves and flowers can be eaten, but Primrose tea is made from the leaves.



You can use the leaves fresh or dry them out and store them for future use.


Fill a tea strainer with leaves, and then let it steep in hot water for a few minutes. The water will turn a pale green colour. This tea tastes liek an everyday geenric herb tea – it doesn’t have any kind of real flavour to it. I added the primrose flowers to the top of my glass to liven it up a bit and improve the flavour and content. This means you get a wonderful nose full of the smell of flowers everytime you take a sip too, which is highly relaxing!


20160325_155117 20160325_155107In the early days of medicine, the Primrosewas considered an important remedy in muscular rheumatism, paralysis and gout. The herb has sedative propoerties.
Not to be mistaken for other similar varieties and cross cultivators (evening primrose – also made into teas and tinctures, cowslip, oxlip).20160325_155103

Posted on

Big Harvest Projects Funded by Forest Schools Birmingham

We are pleased to announce that The Big Harvest event (held currently at Raddlebarn 2016) has been funded by the generous Forest Schools Birmingham and encompasses the following harvest projects this year:


This project was also made possible by Bournville – a wyevale garden centre who donated a basket full of last years seeds for the school and other community projects.


Posted on

Funshine Growing Club Confirmed


As part of our BIG Harvest event we are also making arrangements to provide a growing club at Raddlebarn Primary School for it’s funshine members. Once a week for 5 weeks after the seed giveaway we will be in Funshine with a variety of growing activities each week.


These will include:

  • Making plant pots
  • Craft activities
  • Growing pea shoots out of cartons
  • Making dinosaur cress jungles
  • Rainbow celery
  • Planting in the school planters outside
  • Celery painting

If successful we hope to be able to do this again next year with more fun activities across the growing season.

We will let you know of dates as soon as possible – we will be in the newsletter so stay tuned for updates on this event.

Children engaging in the sunshine activities will also get the chance to take home their creations which will include seeds/seedlings.

We are working with the wonderful Tam (Funshine Club Manager) so please feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions or suggestions!


Raddlebarn Primary School Funshine Club

Posted on

The Raddlebarn BIG HARVEST 2016


As a part of our commitment to local communities in Birmingham we have set up an exciting new project with Raddlebarn Primary School. In addition to our current growing plans this year where we have donated sunflower seeds and arranged the growing season for the infant playground planters we are also setting up a large scale growing intiative with Raddlebarn Pupils and their families.

The project involves a simple three step process:

  1. Pupils receieve their free seed packets with instructions and a leaflet.
  2. Take them home and plant them over the half term. Watch them grow throughout the year.
  3. Harvest your plants and vegetables – eat them at home or save them and bring them in on the BIG HARVEST day in September (TBA) to be collected by the new City Mission Birmingham homeless care centre. You can also bring in anything extra you would like to be donated if you wish.

During the project we will also be growing at the school in the planters and hopefully have a growing club going if we can too (we will keep you posted on this). We will also be running a competition for the best grower so make sure you document your growing achievements over the summer too! Winners will be picked from photographs of your prize plants!




Posted on

Annual Sunflower Seed Donation to Raddlebarn


Sustainable Life donated it’s own sunflower seeds to Raddlebarn Primary school for the second year running, ready for the next term. Teachers in year one will aim to plant the seeds with the children and watch their sunflowers grow in the classroom before they can take them home.

We donated this year over 240 seeds to ensure every child in Year 1 had at least one successful sunflower plant.


Last years results: A sunflower grown by Killian Bale in Year 1 2015.

sunflower seeds sunflower seeds2

Stay tuned and heopfully we will have some updates on how their growing is progressing!

Do you know a school that needs sunflower seeds for in-school growing? Send us an email to with the school name, address, point of contact name & email, year you wish to donate to and number of students in the year. We will do our best to fulfill as many requests as possible!