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Manchester Allotments and Food Gardens Open to the Public

An Allotment In Hertford.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Jim Linwood

Manchester city centre is rightly considered one of the great urban centres of the UK, but that does not mean that there’s not plenty of opportunities for people with green fingers as well. City centre estate agents can show you many properties with ample gardens and yards – and there are also great allotments which grow a wide variety of produce.

On Saturday 15th September, more than 20 of the food gardens and allotments in Manchester city centre and the surrounding area will throw open their gates as part of the UK-wide Edible Gardens open day. Allotments, parks and gardens opening as part of the day include locations in Manchester city centre, Bolton, Moss Side, Oldham, Old Trafford, Openshawe, Prestwich, and Wythenshawe and it is expected to be the largest ever open day for food-growing open spaces in the British Isles, with more than 5,000 expected participants.

The organisation co-ordinating the event for Greater Manchester is the Kindling Trust, and spokeswoman Helen Woodcock told Manchester Confidential that “Gardening and community gardens have blossomed over the last decade, and growing your own food has never been more important.”

“This event is about encouraging more people to join us, both at existing food growing projects and to get people inspired to set up their own.”