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Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

GROUP 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/ In­cred­i­bleEdi­ble Manch­ester.

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