Bradshaw Community Garden
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Shanine Meadowcroft, Contour Homes
A neglected piece of wasteland in the heart of a community in north Bolton was transformed into a thriving garden.
Through food growing, the local community came together to work, learn and share with each other and develop a piece of land into a beautiful and resourceful space.
The Bradshaw Community Garden was developed from wasteland into a fully planted community resource. The project has seen food growing as a catalyst for local community life and environmental improvement. Over 15 different types of vegetables were harvested in less than 6 months, including varieties many people had never seen or heard of and that can not be found on the shelves of the local supermarket. The community garden encouraged families to work and socialise together and the space has become somewhere to meet, share and relax as well as grow food. The group have also made links with the local school to see if they would like to use the site for outdoor education. The obvious change was environmental; a piece of wasteland often associated with anti-social behaviour was transformed into a green and productive oasis in the heart of this residential area. There were also significant social benefits including a community coming together to share, socialise and learn. The resourcefulness of the local residents was also seen through their sourcing of essential materials for the site and utilising local recycling networks, without being reliant solely on Contour Homes.
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It was great session and also good to hear some of the groups feedback. Thanks again Sow the City and it has been a pleasure working with you over the last few months.
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