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Located just a mile east of Stockport’s centre, Woodbank Memorial Park is home to Woodbank Nursery – 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 11am and 1pm. Everyone is welcome, including children accompanied by an adult. We are also open every Thursday between 9.30am and 11am or 3.30 and 6pm, for anyone who would just like to pop in for a brew, a chat and a chance to meet new people.

Events coming up in Autumn and Winter 2018:

Bat Walk

A walk around Woodbank Park in search of bats!

Saturday  1st September 7.45pm – 9.00pm  

No registration required, just turn up. 

Children accompanied by an adult are very welcome. Please bring a torch as the walk will be taking place in the dark. Donations welcome on the day.

 

Wild Food Foraging Walk

Join experienced forager and wild food expert Jesper Launder, for an afternoon of exploring Woodbank Memorial Park for some interesting edible finds.

£7.50 Stockport residents / low-income 

£15 Full Price 

Saturday 6th October 2.30pm to 6.30pm 

Full details and registration information can be found here

 

Woodwork Day with Autumnal Lunch 

Join us for a chance to learn or put into practice your woodwork skills. And to sample some of crops we’ve grown at Woodbank this year, in the form of a delicious Autumn soup and Woodbank Apple and Blackberry pie!

No charge – Registration required 

Saturday 3rd November 9.30am to 3.30pm

Full details and registration information can be found here.

 

Festive Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday 8th December 10.30am to 1pm

£12 per person – Registration required 

Experienced horticulturalist Fran will be leading a day of festive crafts and refreshments. With guidance from Fran, you’ll get the chance to create and take home your very own festive wreath.

All equipment, materials and refreshments will be provided.

Full details and registration information can be found here

 

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-11am and 3.30pm-6.30pm 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. In fact 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 community garden space along with the facilities cabin is wheelchair accessible.

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 Nursery 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.