Birmingham Author starts a Treehouse Village at Ruffner Mountain—here’s how you can help

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treehouse village founder Randi Pink
Treehouse Village founder and author Randi Pink. Photo via Randi Pink’s GoFundMe

Randi Pink, Birmingham author of Into White and Girls Like Us, has bought land at the base of Mountain Ruffner. What’s so interesting about that? Well, she plans on creating a Treehouse Village for the community. Read more to find out how you can help.

Planting the roots

Ruffner Mountain aka the place where Treehouse Village will be based
Adventurous hikers exploring Ruffner Mountain. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

After purchasing roughly 1.25 acres at the base of Ruffner Mountain, Randi Pink wants to create a relaxing area for kids and adults. This is separate from the Ruffner Mountain Preserve, but still a part of East Lake neighborhood in Birmingham.

Pink’s plan is to build three treehouses that will serve as an escape from the concrete jungle of Birmingham. The goal is to create a magical space that feels like someone’s own backyard. It really sounds like a sweet re-tree-t!

Each treehouse will feature unique themes from literature and historical maps of Birmingham. The treehouse village will also include educational components. The plan is to host weekly meetings at a kids’ teaching farm.

Unbe-leaf-able inspiration

garderners at work
Check out these volunteers getting back to nature at Ruffner Mountain. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

Pink wants to tap into the wisdom of the Birmingham community. After spending a lot of time thinking during the pandemic, she realized that the lessons from Birmingham elders should be central to the Treehouse Village.

So, what does this mean?

She plans to bring together the elders and leaders (like former sharecroppers and the mayor) of Birmingham to share their stories and brilliance with the next generation.

We can’t forget the most exciting part: books! The treehouses will carry a LOT of books for everyone to enjoy. You might even find a place to sit and enjoy a warm coffee and/or tea.

Bham, it’s time to log out from the hustle of the city and get back to nature.

Making Treehouse Village a reality

Want to help build this mini oasis for learning and relaxing? Donate to Randi Pink’s GoFundMe to help her achieve this dream.

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