Those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter will have been keeping up with the construction of our new Allotment Project over the last few weeks. For anybody who doesn’t follow us on social media (trust me, you’re missing out!), we have transformed an underused area outside The Factory into a small allotment where young people can plant, grow and harvest fruit and vegetables in Harpurhey – not known for its greenery!
Our young people have taken advantage of the glorious weather we’ve been having and have started the 6-month programme of planning, costing, planting, nurturing and harvesting a complete cycle of grown food.
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The Allotment Project aims to get young people and volunteers from the community involved in a long-term, project that promotes healthy living and provides young people with the opportunity to learn about the importance of taking care of the environment and cultivating healthy and renewable food.
Our first crop will include tomatoes, strawberries, beetroot, french beans and courgettes – hopefully you’ll be seeing them on the cafe menu very soon!
The Allotment Project would not be possible without Oglesby Charitable Trust, who fund activities in the North West of England which include the Arts, Education, Environment, Medical Research and tackling Social Inequality.
We’d also like to thank Bruntwood and Wright Landscapes for kindly donating several tonnes of soil for the allotment – keep your eye out for a new generation of Greenfingers springing forth from Harpurhey!