Community garden plans for £850m Manchester development

News item first posted on: 08/05/17

Growing Together will play a role in creating a community garden as part of a major £850m redevelopment project in Manchester on the historic 24-acre Mayfield site near Piccadilly station, which will re-open to the public this month.

Growing Together will be working on the community garden plans with The Green Health Alliance (GHA), which comprises five community growing organisations working across Greater Manchester, connecting people and places to nature and improving health and mental wellbeing outcomes for all. They are Growing in the City/Men’s Shed ProjectHulme Community Garden Centre, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Real Food WythenshaweDebdale Eco Centre and Debdale Green Fingers.

All are inclusive, not-for profit organisations with a shared passion for sustainability and inclusivity. At Mayfield their trained community horticulturalists and garden designers will work in partnership with community volunteers; including young people’s groups, people with mental health issues, groups with learning and physical disabilities, and those who are socially isolated.

The Green Health Alliance will bring their unique expertise to Mayfield; from building with waste materials to exploring future farming techniques. The garden space will be a demonstration site for urban growing and will be regularly tended to by project members who will be happy to chat to anyone wanting to join in.

Kath Whittaker from Growing Together said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and inspiring project and we hope that people from all over Manchester will want to be a part of it too.