From Derelict to Allotment

Meet a nun called Sister Rita, a missing Bishop and a Priest who goes to find him and gets lost too. Sounds like the start of sitcom but it was the launch of community allotment in Collyhurst. It was fascinating to meet Sister Rita (and you can meet her soon too and see us creep up in the launch footage on the BBC in October) and her dream to take a derelict piece of ground and turn it into a growing space to top up the food banks in the area. It is food being grown for the right reasons, to feed the many grown by those wanting to learn how to grow.

gardening

gardening

We got to visit the site to see where the Brothers gardened and where the community gardened. It is a real community project tucked behind a school in Manchester.

gardening

gardening

gardening

These are growers new to growing and learning as they go and what they have achieved so far is impressive. They've driven back the weeds, created planting schemes as you walk into the site and tended their first harvest of vegetables. They have a wonderful polytunnel and a wonderful outlook.

food

growing

This isn't just an allotment, it is about community and empowering the way we see food. Food should be shared, food should improve the lives of others and should be free. Being part of the Hopwood project has allowed us to see such hidden gems in our communities. A derelict piece of land can be a growing space, if you don't give up.

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