Growing Communities Project brings residents together
Published by Melanie Hughes for IPB Communications in Housing
Staff volunteers from City West with one of the newly installed planting beds
A PATCH of wasteland has been transformed into a community garden by local volunteers, City West Housing Trust staff and their partners as part of the Growing Communities Project.
Residents in Swinton celebrated the opening of the new garden on the Valley Estate on Saturday 30 June with a family fun day.
The event was well attended with families enjoying a barbeque, bouncy castle and a climbing wall in the rejuvenated garden.
The project, funded by City West, is also supported by Salford Community Leisure, The Health Improvement Team, Greater Manchester Police and Salford City Council. The land, located behind the Valley Community Centre onLightbourne Avenue, is being leased to City West by the council.
David Cummins, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “It is fantastic to see the transformation as a result of the community working together and we hope everyone will continue to enjoy the garden long into the future.
The Growing Communities project is a great way to bring communities together and we have already identified other sites across West Salford where we will be looking to replicate the success of the Swinton garden.”
Work on the site began in February this year with volunteers planting seedlings in the Community Centre’s greenhouse. City West staff then donated their time to clear the overgrown wasteland and the Garden Guerrillas installed the new planting beds.
The flowers and plants in the greenhouse will now be planted in the new beds and local residents and community groups will now have their own space to plant flowers, fruit and vegetables.
Resident Anne Pinkney, who has been involved with the project from the start, said: “This will make a huge difference to the area. There are so many people that want to get involved and a project like this will bring the community together.
“The local youth club have already started growing potatoes and it will be great to see them learn about healthy eating and how they can grow and cook their own food.”
A further Growing Communities site has now been developed onOld Lanein Little Hulton. Local volunteers have already participated in a clean up day and have started growing plants and vegetables. The group is planning a harvest festival at the end of the summer growing season.
Any residents who would like to get involved in the Swinton or Little Hulton Growing Communities Project, please contact Nicola Perks on 0161 605 7613 or email email@example.com for more information.