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Start in Salford creative arts and wellbeing centre

“There’s nothing more beautiful than watching something grow – to tend it, nurture it and know you played your part”

Start Growing

Nurturing New Skills

Gardening is one of the most therapeutic activities we know. There’s a real sense of achievement when you can see, on maybe even taste, the fruits of your labour! Start Growing allows members to learn horticultural skills and work alongside the community in a range of gardening projects.

Throughout the year, we run a series of horticultural workshops to help members learn how to ‘grow your own’. Our hands-on sessions are full of practical techniques such as how to cultivate and maintain your crops throughout the year, growing from seed, creating and implementing planting programmes, along with advice on essential garden maintenance techniques such as digging, pruning and watering.

As well as being a fun and rewarding activity, it is also a very social one. You’ll get to make new friends – both with other members and among the local community – and learn how to work alongside others to achieve a sustainable environment.

If you live in Salford and would like to meet new people, as well as learn some gardening skills, why not get in touch and give it a go?

What people say about Start Growing...

“I feel more relaxed about coming here and the way things are going, and you can see how its taking its time and taking shape. You follow it through and reap it in the end. It benefits me in the sense that I can stand up and say, well, I made the bleeding thing grow!”

Horticultural Projects

Start in Salford runs projects that involve our members, volunteers and are supported by the local community.

Wild Park Life in Buile Hill Park...
We have received funding from Veolia Environmental Trust to develop the wildlife habitat and improve access to the raised beds at the Bowling Green. You can get involved in developing better wildlife habitats on the site on Tuesdays and Saturdays - see the leaflet above  for more information.

Edith’s Garden...
Based at Brunswick House, Edith’s Garden is where we teach our members the basic horticultural skills; including seed sowing, taking cuttings, caring for flowering plants, making and planting up containers and beds as well as seasonal gardening skills.

Garden Volunteering
We need volunteers to help maintain our flower garden and greenhouse at Brunswick House and our community edible and wildlife garden at Buile Hill Park.  If you have some time to spare and would like to get involved please contact Sue Jeffries to find out more.

Start Your Patch
Start Your Patch was a successful project we ran at Seedley Bowling Green Community Garden in 2014 to 2016 where we built 30 raised bed plots for use by members of the local community.

That's Manchester did an excellent video all about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ktw5DkFO8Y