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Hulme Community Garden Centre would not be here without the help of local residents. Over 20 years ago local residents came together to transform their local green space. Before the centre this space was unloved, now it’s an anchor in our community which continues to grow thanks to the support of organisations like Co-op.

Bringing people together

The centre brings people together through gardening. Be that through getting their hands dirty in the community garden, growing in our polytunnels or selling in the garden centre, people from all walks of life come here and get involved. Anyone can come at any time, we encourage people to just pop along to either get involved or relax by watching the frogs in the ponds.

Some of our volunteers tell us that the centre provides them with a focus in their life that otherwise they would not have. It makes us really proud to be that focus.

The funding from the Co-op has been instrumental in helping us grow. I’ve worked here for five years and during that timeCo-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation and Co-op’s Local Community Fund have provided invaluable backing. The money has helped us reach more people in the area, such as adults with learning disabilities, children’s groups and those affected by mental health. The funding helped us build a yurt which has helped attract more residents and bookings for events.

Proud to be a co-operative

Our garden centre was created by the community and it’s owned by the community. And opportunities for the community to get involved are always evolving like our recently launched community share offer.

We’re proud to be a co-operative and love working with other Co-ops. We feel like we’re part of the Co-op family and think that Co-op are really rooted in local communities like ours.

We encourage our staff, volunteers and visitors to shop at their local Co-op because we know how much it can benefit their local community.

Save your local space like we have

We benefited from Co-op Foundations funding, and they are currently looking for spaces in communities that would thrive from support. Together with Locality, they want to save, improve and protect spaces that matter. Head to their website and tell them about the local space you want to save.

Rachel Summerscales
Hulme Garden Centre Manager

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Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. Love that place, didn’t know The Co-op supported it.

  2. I live in the community and have used the Hulme Garden Centre. It has been very useful to me, from buying suitable house plants to advice on how to grow and nurture my plants.

  3. Well done, hope it takes off

  4. sounds great,where exactly is it


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