Hulme Community Garden Centre
Garden centre and community gardens, volunteer and training hub for organic gardening and urban food growing.
A not-for-profit, Industrial Provident Society conceived in 1998 by three local residents whose aims were to help green their local urban area by creating a community garden and fully stocked garden centre, encouraging healthy living through gardening. Welcoming all ages, abilities and skills, we specialise in volunteering opportunities, well-being sessions, horticultural training (with a focus on organic food growing), design and advice for individuals, community groups and businesses. We hold seasonal celebratory events and workshops through the year and also hire out our straw bale classroom for training and functions.
The garden centre sells herbs and vegetable plants, seed potatoes, bulbs, fruit bushes and fruit trees, as well as other flowers, shrubs and trees. We grow as much as possible on site in our peat-free and vegan-organic nursery. Our shop includes a wide range of organic seeds, compost, mycorrhizal fungi, British made tools and terracotta pots. We support local suppliers who share an environmentally conscious philosophy including coppicers and wood recyclers who provide us with bean poles and planters.
The garden which demonstrates examples of Permaculture design principles in action, includes a developing forest garden, new orchard, large polytunnel, raised beds, a mini woodland, pond, green roof and bug hotel, provides a haven for urban wildlife, and an inspiring and relaxing space for human visitors.