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We are looking for a Cookery Session Leader to join our social prescribing team at Woodbank. Part-time 15 hours per week. For an application pack please email corrina@kindling.org.uk. Closing date for application 1st May 2019

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Located just a mile east of Stockport’s centre, Woodbank Memorial Park is home to Woodbank Community Food Hub – an urban horticulture hub co-ordinated by the Kindling Trust, that joins up inclusive community gardening with commercial organic food production. It’s the size of one and a half football pitches, and includes several large polytunnels for under-cover veg growing. It is a place to collect fresh organic veg bags delivered by the Veg Box People, who make sure farmers get regular demand and a fair price for their produce, so they can keep doing what they do best- growing great veg.

 

 

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Events

A varied programme of activities is open to local residents and the general public. All events start at the site unless mentioned otherwise, see below for a map.

Our community gardening session runs every Monday (excluding bank holidays) between 10am and 4pm. Everyone is welcome, including children accompanied by an adult.

Events coming up in 2019:

Forage and Feast – Saturday 18th May 10am to 3pm

Join experienced forager Craig Worrel for a fascinating day of foraging for edible plants in and around Woodbank Memorial Park. Woodbank’s fantastic mixture of habitats and native trees makes it the perfect place to make the most of the Spring-time bounties that can be found in Britain’s parks, woodlands and hedgerows. You’ll also get the chance to cook and taste your foraged finds.

Meet at the hub from 9.45am.

Full Price: £40

Concession: £10

Click here to register or for more info

 

Open Farm Sunday – Sunday 9th June 10.30am – 2.00pm

Come along for a tour of  the site and a chance to meet our enthusiastic FarmStart trainees and learn about Stockfree organic growing. You’ll also get the opportunity to hear about our pioneering Kindling Farm and to get a glimpse into what it will look like. Refreshments will also be provided.

Tours will be taking place at set times throughout the day. Booking is essential.

This event is free to attend.

Click here to register

 

Introduction to Bee Keeping – Saturday 15th June 10.00 – 11.30am / 1 – 2.30pm

Come and learn about the bees that live at Woodbank Community Food Hub! You will get to learn about their habits and communication methods by getting suited up and getting up close and personal with the hives!

£5 per person. Booking is essential.

Click here to register

 

Floristry Workshop – Saturday 6th July 10am to 1pm

Using freshly picked flowers and foliage from the garden, experienced florist Fran will guide you in creating a beautiful summer display to take home with you. You’ll learn how to arrange different types of flowers, plants and herbs and how to keep your display fresh for as long as possible.

All materials and refreshments provided.

£18 per person. Booking is essential.

Click here to register

 

Drawing and Printing Workshop – Saturday 20th July 10am – 1pm

Taking inspiration from the flowers and plants in the gardens, we will use drawing and simple printing techniques in order to produce a series of exciting images for you to take home.

All materials and refreshments provided.

£20 per person. Booking is essential.

Click here to register

 

The events and activities we run from the site are still very much developing, so get in touch if you’re nearby and would like to get involved or have ideas for the site!

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Fresh Veg Bags

We are now a Veg Box People collection point, that means you can order and collect a bag of organic locally grown veg from the site.

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Veg Box People are a partnership of local organic farmers and you….

Convenient – Weekly or Fortnightly bags available for collection between 10am and 6.00pm every Thursday.

Fresh – Most of our veg is grown within 50 Miles of Manchester. It’s picked to order, often just hours before it appears in your box, so it’s super fresh. Some of the produce comes from the site itself!

 

Affordable – Our veg boxes come in four different sizes: our starter bag for £6, small bag for £8, medium bag for £11 and large bag for £14

Sign up to Veg Box People online to order your first bag.

No computer? No problem. Pop down to the site during veg bag collection times and we can walk you through it.

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Community Garden

Every Monday 11am-2pm the site is open for anyone to come and care for the community garden space (all equipment provided). It is an area of land that is to be newly cultivated to create a place for everyone to enjoy, learn and benefit from. Whether you are a total beginner to gardening, or a seasoned allotmenteer you are very welcome!

Currently there is a herb garden, raised flower beds and vegetables being grown. Just turn up and say hello.

The facilities cabin and a limited area of the community growing space are wheelchair accessible. We are in the process of developing the growing spaces to make them more accessible. Please get in touch if you have any questions about accessibility.

Not free on a Monday? Our Land Army volunteer days provide opportunities to get involved in gardening and food growing at Woodbank on other days of the week. Visit The Kindling Trust website, or give us a call for more information

 

 

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Working together

The hub is co-ordinated by The Kindling Trust, a Greater Manchester social enterprise using food to create social and environmental change.

A collection of organisations including Kindling are working together on the site to make it a hub for local food, with current activities including:

 

  • Glebelands City Growers – A small market garden business which produces organic salad and veg for sale in Greater Manchester shops and cafes. It has two sites, one here at Woodbank, the other in Sale, Trafford.

 

  • FarmStart – A training programme for amatuer growers who want to expand into commercial organic veg growing, run by ourselves at The Kindling Trust.

 

 

 

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Background

The one and a half acre site was previously a Council plant nursery, run by the Parks Department. It closed in 2011 and a large part of the site lay unused until 2015, when the Council partnered with us – The Kindling Trust – as part of Feeding Stockport to bring in a range of new activities and organisations.

The ambitious partnership included 16 different stakeholders and was made possible through the work of Feeding Stockport, and the willingness of Stockport Council to work towards becoming a Sustainable Food City.

The nursery fits into Kindling’s overall mission to transform our food system into one which is fairer, healthier for people, and better for the environment.