Stu­dents are dig­ging in to bring tasty treats to the park

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MANCH­ESTER Uni­ver­sity stu­dents are help­ing trans­form an un­der­used sec­tion of a park into an area where wheel­chair users can pick ed­i­ble plants.

The stu­dents have worked with the coun­cil to build raised planters near the lake in Platt Fields Park.

The planters are on a spe­cially-hard­ened sur­face and have been built at a height that means wheel­chair users can ac­cess them.

They will be planted with ev­ery­thing from toma­toes and herbs to rasp­ber­ries and straw­ber­ries.

The idea is that wheel­chair users will later be able to pick fruit and veg­eta­bles from the gar­den, but also that they will get in­volved in help­ing main­tain the site.

A green­house is also be­ing built to en­able ev­ery­thing to be grown from seed for fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity.

The gar­den is be­ing set up as part of the In­cred­i­ble Ed­i­ble Manch­ester project, where com­mu­nity food grow­ing net­works are be­ing set up on derelict or un­der­used ar­eas of the city.

Teams of stu­dents are work­ing with the coun­cil to plan more than a dozen gar­dens.

Th­ese in­clude gar­dens be­ing planned by St Chad’s Church in Bur­nage, planters near houses on Brae­mar Road and Brails­ford Road in Fal­low­field, as well as a com­mu­nity or­chard, which is go­ing to be cre­ated in Cheetham.

The project is part of a global grass-roots move­ment, which started in Tod­mor­den, West York­shire, but now has groups ev­ery­where from Brazil to New Zealand.

Alexander Clark, en­vi­ron­men­tal co­or­di­na­tor at the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester, said: “The whole pur­pose of In­cred­i­ble Ed­i­ble is that peo­ple get in­volved in help­ing to keep the gar­den grow­ing.

“They take what they need but then work to help re­plen­ish the gar­den. We’re try­ing to grow food for the com­mu­nity to share, and also try­ing to raise aware­ness of lo­cal food growth – and about the im­por­tance of hav­ing use­ful land that can be used for grow­ing food.

“We’re us­ing stu­dents as it’s a way of get­ting them to work more closely with other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity – strength­en­ing the part­ner­ship be­tween stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity.”

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