The Birmingham Conservation Trust is seeking local residents’ help in finding a new future for George Cadbury’s barn.
‘The Barn’ on Manor Farm Park, just off the Bristol Road, is a large wooden building constructed by George Cadbury just after 1884 when Manor farm Park was originally part of his home estate. It was built to help entertain hundreds of inner city children. Each year, literally thousands of children from some of the most deprived areas in Birmingham and the Black Country came to his home for the day to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside, to eat and drink good food and to enjoy George Cadbury’s hospitality.
The Barn, along with much of George Cadbury’s estate was given to the city council back in 1953.
After many years, the building has now fallen into disuse.
However, the Birmingham Conservation Trust are working with the Bournville Village Trust, the Friends of Manor Farm Park, Birmingham City Council and others to find a new and sustainable future for the ‘Cadbury’ barn.