Have you, or would you like to set up a community garden in your local area?
Are you interested in recovering a green space to produce your own food?
Or simply curious to find out more about the role of urban gardening Manchester's fight against climate change?
Whether you’re a novice gardener, a local community group, park, business, researcher or an established community garden, everybody is welcome to join us for our lunchtime urban gardening workshop.
What's it about?
A series of interactive talks, where you’ll have the chance to hear from, discuss, and get involved with fellow community members hoping to drive positive change through sustainable food.
We’ll explore the role of urban gardening in helping us to build safe, resilient and sustainable cities and how Manchester Urban Diggers, a community of market gardeners, are driving environmental and social change across our city-region. Hear about how Manchester Urban Diggers CIC and other urban growers & community gardens are driving environmental and social change across our city-region.
Secondly, with 30% of the UK’s territorial Greenhouse gas emissions produced by our food systems, Dr Jo Mylan, Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation at The University of Manchester will explore why we must incorporate food into Manchester’s Climate Change Response, and the transformational possibilities of sustainable food in the city.
Finally, talk to Manchester Urban Diggers about their experience of setting up a community market garden and other community food growing projects across Greater Manchester, with a tour of Platt Fields Market Garden. Hopefully you'll not only learn a little, with advice & tips to support your green project, but you'll meet some like-minded people to work with in the community too!
A chef’s garden table to taste the delights of Platt Fields Market Garden will be served for lunch.
This workshop builds on the findings of a research partnership between MUD and three Manchester-based researchers: Dr Filippo Oncini, The University of Manchester, Ling Li, The University of Liverpool & Sarah Walker, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. Facilitated by Collaboration Labs, based at The University of Manchester and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
In partnership with Manchester Urban Diggers, the Sustainable Consumption Institute, and Collaboration Labs at The University of Manchester.
This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021 and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).