AGROUP of greenfingered students has been busy transforming a piece of overgrown land in south Manchester into a community fruit and vegetable patch.
The plot, in Moseley Road, Fallowfield, is the latest stage of a project to rejuvenate an area of overgrown land to produce fruit and vegetables for the local community.
This month students from The University of Manchester have been working to construct wooden planters and have planted fruit bushes and herbs.
A number of other seeds, including marigolds and calendula, will also be planted which, when grown, will provide colour and aid the pollination of the plot.
These plants will also form a defence for the fruit and vegetables from slugs and snails – which prefer to snack on Calendula than soft fruits.
The project – part of Incredible Edible Manchester – began by clearing the land in October last year. Spring has welcomed the second stage of the programme, with seeds now sown.
The plan is for residents to adopt and maintain the plot, ensuring a legacy of sustainable healthy organically-grown food, which will also help to ease tight shopping budgets. All the tools, bulbs and seeds were provided by Manchester council as part of the Clean City programme, which aims to help local residents improve their local surroundings.
University of Manchester student volunteer Manit Sethi said: “I really enjoy volunteering with Incredible Edible Manchester because I get the opportunity to give back to the community.”
Incredible Edible Manchester is a project which gives local communities the opportunity to grow their own sustainable fruit and vegetables, while improving biodiversity in the area at the same time.
The scheme has been set up by the council and the University of Manchester, along with community groups and residents from across Manchester.
The next event is at Chorlton Community Garden. This will include planting, construction of raised beds and trellises, as well as levelling ground and adding woodchip to smarten up the area.
To get more information about Manchester’s Clean City programme, visit manchester.gov.uk/ cleancity.
To find out more about Incredible Edible Manchester, go to facebook.com/IncredibleEdibleManchester.
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