Growing School

Helping communities to grow their own fruit, veg & flowers

Projects & bespoke sessions delivered

Projects coordinated:


Find out about all that was achieved by students and staff during our weekly sessions from 2016-2017 by clicking this link: Pots and Plots project report

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A colourful welcome at New Horizons


 An Apple a Day at New Horizons from 2016-2017 which built on our Food on the Grow! project (see below).

From FeRH logobruary – December 2015, Key Stage 1 and 2 children were helped by Nicola and Celia to develop food growing spaces at Rack House Primary School, Northern Moor for its Growing Kids project. After Easter bespoke gardening sessions for the school’s Learning Provision pupils were also delivered.

NH logoThe Food on the Grow! project at New Horizons community centre in Wythenshawe began early in 2015 to transform areas into food growing, creative and therapeutic spaces through colourful planting.

logoThe Carefree Gardeners project initially ran from May 2013 – May 2014 during which carers and staff mentored by Celia and Nicola transformed the charity’s car parks into a thriving food and flower garden. The project also cooked up tasty affordable and healthy meals using harvested produce, while a number of participants were inspired to get their own allotment plots as a result of the project!

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From June 2013 to April 2014 Celia and Nicola planned and facilitated gardening sessions at Baguley Hall Primary School, Wythenshawe for pupils, staff, parents and/or carers.

school-logoGrowing School – Newall Green High School and 6th Form College, Wythenshawe – From February to December 2012 students and staff from Newall Green received weekly gardening sessions and helped to develop the food growing site.Roots and Shoots logo

Roots and Shoots – Stretford Grammar School – This project initially began in January 2012. As well as teach pupils about food growing, these pupils have also mentored children from a nearby nursery school to grow their own veg.

Open Space – Lostock College, Stretford – In 2010Nicola wrote  a successful bid to fully fund a school gardening project that resourced and delivered veg growing workshops to students, staff and local volunteers. Weekly food growing workshops took place from March 2011 – February 2012.


Abundance Manchester – From 2010-2011 Nicola delivered food growing workshops to The Roby, a South-Manchester based charity that promotes personal well-being. Nicola has also helped to gain funding for various food growing workshops from the City Council’s Carbon Innovation Fund.

Green Machine – In Spring 2011, together with the Manchester Youth Volunteering Project’s ‘Green Machine’, Nicola planned, resourced and delivered weekly ‘Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ sessions at a hostel for young people in South Manchester.

Bespoke sessions delivered on behalf of:

Sow the City

Fruit tree pruning sessions on behalf of Sow the City and the Orchard Project delivered to various community food groups across Greater Manchester. TheOrchardProject


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Weekly therapeutic horticulture sessions delivered on site at Start (2013-2015), as well as off site at a psychiatric unit (2015-2016), the garden at an overnight shelter for homeless people (2016-2017), and at residential care homes for senior citizens from 2017 to late 2018.

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