Earth Day in Manchester: Get Gardening

Holly Eliza Temple

The 20th-22nd April marks Earth Day 2021, a worldwide campaign for climate action featuring education and events, in a bid to Restore Our Earth. This year marks the start of a critical decade for climate action, with the European Commission as well as the UN setting a number of goals to be reached by 2030 – to reduce the effects of global warming. 

But what can we do in our cities? A simple but effective first step to take action on global warming is to get outside, appreciate nature – and get gardening. You might not look at Manchester and think it a particularly “green” city, but with its sprawling parks, meadows and woodland hidden in the pockets of its suburban neighbourhoods, this city is one at the forefront of the urban growing revolution. Here’s our round-up of community garden projects for all to get involved in.

Photo by Platt Fields Market Garden on Facebook
Platt Fields Market Garden, Platt Fields Park
Hidden in Platt Fields Park, just off the main road heading into the city centre, is Platt Fields Market Garden. A community garden run by Manchester Urban Diggers (MUD), the space is maintained by volunteers, who build structures, sow seeds, harvest produce and support food security in the city. You can apply to volunteer here with any of MUD’s garden spaces across the city – all you need is a little prior gardening experience and the willingness to pop along every week to help out. Their pop-up farm shop is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday selling veg boxes and other locally-sourced treats.

Photo by MUD on Facebook
The Landing, Stockport
A collaboration between MUD and Michelin Green Star restaurant Where The Light Gets In, The Landing is a tucked away urban growing space situated – that’s right – on the roof of the Merseyway car park in Stockport. Positioned just a few minutes’ walk away from the restaurant, The Landing grows food for WTLGI’s ever-evolving menu, as well as for the community. Stay tuned for a series of residencies coming to The Landing – creative events, workshops and talks that educate on and celebrate food and agriculture.  


Photo by Hulme Community Garden Centre on Facebook

Hulme Community Garden Centre, Hulme
A community-run garden centre attracting customers from all over Manchester, Hulme Community Garden Centre offers your usual gardening tools and essentials –– as well as community workshops, gardening sessions and volunteer sessions, providing a space for education and training. Up to 50 volunteers contribute to the upkeep of Hulme garden centre each week, gaining experience in horticulture, woodworking, customer service, crafts and activities. You can learn more and register your interest here

Photo by IncrEdible Education on Facebook
Cleavley Community Forest Gardens, Salford
Run by IncrEdible Education, a community organisation providing nature-based education, Cleavley Community Forest Garden is an ongoing project located on the Port Salford Greenway in Winton, with a space for Forest School activities and an edible community garden. The previously redundant site is being regenerated by a team of dedicated volunteers –– you can apply to help out using this form

Photo by Woodbank Community Food Hub on Facebook
Woodbank Community Food Hub, Stockport
Found just a mile east of Stockport town centre, Woodbank Community Food Hub is located in Woodbank Memorial Park, combining community gardening with organic food production. Co-ordinated by the Kindling Trust, the food hub runs Grow Cook & Eat, a social prescribing programme promoting food growing for health and wellbeing. Volunteer sessions take place every Monday; you can find out lots more here.

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