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***We are recruiting!***

We are looking for a coordinator for the hub. For an application pack please visit the Kindling website or email corrina@kindling.org.uk. Closing date for applications is 31st July 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 26th October 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: £15

Low Income: £7.50

Click here to register or for more info

 

November Woodwork Day – More details coming soon

 

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 10am-4pm 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 is 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.