Urban Growers visiting our friends at Hulme Community Garden centre

This morning our team all met up at the Willow Hey project site in readiness to travel over to Hulme in Manchester to visit the community garden centre there to stock up on plants and garlic bulbs for our project. We had all been looking forward to this visit for the last week or so, this particular garden centre is run for the community, by the community, and of course they sell many useful and diverse plants, they run courses there and generally add a vital green lung to the Urban sprawl of Hulme.

Hulme community Garden centre is by all intents and purposes a permaculture garden centreWe spent over two hours chatting to staff and walking round the different zones that make up the site.

At around lunchtime we loaded our plants into vehicles and made our way back to the Willow Hey site in Bolton. Whilst at Willow Hey we watered out tomatoes and peppers, which are still producing fruits due to a mild late Sept/early Oct, divided some crops up for volunteers and had a general site tidy and planning meeting about the carpentry overhaul of our visiters Hub which will be carried out by our highly skilled craftsman Landrover Dave. Here are some pictures that we took at Hulme Community Garden centre.

A new structure to the rear of the site.

A new structure to the rear of the site.

Shipping container converted into a site kitchen with plants growing on the roof.

Shipping container turned into kitchen with plants growing on roof.

insect and wildlife  hotel.

insect and wildlife hotel.

Straw bale building, and of course it was really warm inside.

Straw bale building, and yes it was really warm inside.

 

 

 

seed drying area in Polytunnel

seed drying area in Polytunnel

Inside one of the large polytunnels which also doubles up as a classroom

Inside one of the large polytunnels which also doubles up as a classroom

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