Outdoors and active in our Salford community garden

By Emmaus Salford | May 25 2021

Outdoors and active in our Salford community garden

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    Since our last update we’ve been preparing our grounds for the development of our community garden. The land surrounding our Emmaus Salford community building has lots of potential and we’ve recently identified a space within our grounds that will be perfect for community food growing.

    For those new to our charity, Emmaus Salford supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, work, training and an opportunity to progress. Our work is centred around a residential community, where people who have experienced homelessness come to make it their home for as long as they need it to be.

    Companions, the name given to the people we support at our residential community, get involved in all aspects of our charity, charity shops and charitable activities within the wider community. The community garden improvement project is being driven by our companions but we do hope to engage some local volunteers, particularly those with knowledge of horticulture and food growing.

    Over recent weeks, after some help to secure the space and move fencing, work began on preparing the plot identified for food growing. This culminated in a very active couple of days during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Our companions answered the #ConnectWithNature call and got stuck in to transform our community garden.

    Over the two days our companions turned the ground over in readiness for installing new raised planters. Thanks to the Sir Robert McAlpine Strong Foundations Grant we’ve been able to purchase 44 railway sleepers to build five large planters. Our plan is to have four surrounding planters and a higher central planter with flagged paths in between. Terry, one of our skilled companions, is coordinating this work with help from fellow companions.

    As well as preparing the square plot for food growing, our community also tended to other green spaces surrounding our community building. Work involved weeding, tidying boarders, clearing paths and making our outdoor spaces more welcoming for all residents of Emmaus Salford.

    We are hoping to have the raised planters installed soon so that we can begin planting them up. If you’re a Salford resident who would like to support our companions with food growing please sign up as a volunteer via our website.

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