It was lovely to welcome Richard Pollard from Kew Gardens to our Harpurhey allotment last Friday. Last year we were delighted to get a grant from Kew’s Grow Wild fund, which helps people set up gardening projects and grow native plants and flowers. Richard came to see how we’d got on.
We used our grant to run sessions at our allotment and buy spades, wellies and waterproofs. Things are going well – we already have a nice little herb garden going and we’re about to plant veg to use in the cafe. We’re also creating a wildflower section using native seeds provided by Kew. Most importantly, though, the people who have taken part have really enjoyed and found that it has had a positive effect on their wellbeing.
The allotment was overgrown and neglected when we took it on, and the volunteers have done a great job transforming it. And this is just the start for us – the project has been so popular that we’re going to make more outdoor activities available this year. In fact, we’ve already partnered with City of Trees to transform an area of woodland in Wythenshawe. Watch this space for updates!