A while ago we set out with the aim of transforming our outdoor space into a garden and allotment. The aim was to create a useful space where we could hold outdoor meetings, classes and toddler sessions. Thanks to our friends at MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers), we now have the plans in place to create an amazing garden which we hope will benefit the whole community.
Named “The Pankhurst Plot” is a sustainably funded project with MUD in collaboration with the Friends of Chorlton Park Group & Emmeline’s Pantry. A vibrant and versatile food growing community garden, incorporating a woodland walk, wild play area and mud kitchen.
The food grown will either be donated to the pantry or used in another zero food waste project. The garden will be maintained by volunteers and managed by MUD. The function of the garden will evolve naturally over time with it’s direction being decided through community partners input.
We have already started our Baby Choir, allowing new parents and their babies to meet socially in the garden. Our toddler group, Little Sprouts, starts soon and we hope to expand our schools outreach programme, so local school groups can come and work in the allotment and learn more about food poverty. So many of the children who visit us have no access to a garden of their own, so the garden will help us show how food is grown and ends up on our plates.
We have always been very fortunate at Emmeline’s to have a wonderful group of supporters, and the local community has provided such a warm welcome since we moved premises. Lots of local residents have offered up their expertise and manpower to help us create our garden, if you’d like to join them, please get in touch!
A special thanks must go to the hardworking volunteers at MUD, an amazing social enterprise providing us with a huge amount of support in this project. We’re really looking forward to seeing how it turns out!