Youngsters are digging new community garden
THE site of a former Conservative Club has been transformed into a garden producing its own fruit and veg – with young people leading the way.
Found close to the Manchester Youth Zone, on Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, the new community space includes planters, raised beds and seating, with a living wall area where residents can pick their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The project began in the autumn, with young people from the Youth Zone working with not-for-profit environmental organisation Groundwork Greater Manchester and funders Manchester council.
The young volunteers and staff from Groundwork planted the greenery, which will improve air quality by filtering airborne pollution particles and emissions from local traffic.
Plans are in place for a range of workshops to be held in the garden, to improve local residents’ personal development, practical and employability skills, while young people from the Youth Zone will lead on quarterly community clean-ups in the garden and help maintain the area.
Manchester Youth Zone is part of a national charity for young people, OnSide Youth Zones, which has 13 centres across the country and was recently voted North West Charity of the Year.
Coun Rabnawaz Akbar, Manchester council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “Creating community spaces such as this makes a real difference to residents’ lives, by bringing them together in an area they can take pride in.”
Youngsters working on the garden