Moss Side Community Allotment open day

Tomorrow, Saturday 15th September, is Moss Side Community Allotment’s grand open day. There will be members of the allotment team there to answer questions and show you the amazing strides we’ve made in less than a year. There’ll be refreshments and you’ll be able to sample some of the local, organic produce we’ve grown on the site this summer.
You’ll also be able to find out about future plans, including the chickens which will be coming to live on the allotment in a couple of weeks’ time, the ponds which we’ll be building to attract frogs and newts to keep allotment pests down, the wildflower gardens planned to help attract bees and other beneficial insects, and a proposed herb garden.
Moss Side Community Allotment is about creating a welcoming environment where local residents can work together to get to know one another, reduce our carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, produce cheap, nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables for us and our families, get exercise and fresh air, and generally have fun!
BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live from the open day at 11.45 if you can’t make it down.
The Open Day runs from 10am, and more information on this and other allotment open days around Manchester can be found here.

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Cranswick Square in The Guardian!

“It’s had only a fragment of the investment pumped into the new Emerald City of glass, but enough to turn it around, to build better relations with the police, as well as places like the Powerhouse library and family homes, to allow locals to tend the flowers in Cranswick Square and to tempt wannabes who can’t afford Didsbury. Indeed, 2011’s census has Moss Side’s population up 30% in a decade, mostly young families. Plus, crime’s lower than in Didsbury”

… says The Guardian Money section’s ‘Let’s Move To..’ Section on Friday 7th September, in a special on Moss Side. Moss Side Community Allotment also gets a mention. The full article is here.

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This weekend at Moss Side Community Allotment

This weekend’s work sessions on Moss Side Community Allotment are a little bit up in the air because of the wet weather. If it looks dry enough at around 10am on Saturday and/or Sunday do come along – we plan to be unearthing the first new potatoes from the site. If you can’t make it and are an existing volunteer wanting your share, please drop Phil a line and arrange a time.

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Allotment work – this weekend as usual

Just a quick reminder that volunteer hours on Moss Side Community Allotment are on again this weekend, so we hope to see as many as possible of you there. We meet at 10am every Saturday and Sunday morning and stick around for a couple of hours, depending on what jobs need doing. There is usually tea and biscuits at some point! And don’t forget, all volunteers get to share in the fresh, local, organic fruit and vegetables from the allotment.

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Jubilee weekend: recycling, party, repairs and cleanup on Cranswick Square

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Cranswick Square planting day 2012 – in pictures

Yesterday saw glorious weather for the Cranswick Square Planting Day. Dozens of local residents of all ages helped plant up
— hanging baskets for Cranswick Street, Henbury Street, Markington Street, Driffield Street;
— flower tubs on Cranswick Street;
— beds round the bases of the trees on each of the streets;
— and flower tubs and hanging baskets on Cranswick Triangle.

Here is a selection of photos of the day! Enjoy, and we’ll hopefully see you at one of the community socials planned for the summer, or on the Moss Side Community Allotment.

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CSRG planting day

This Saturday, 26th May, will be a grand planting day for the hanging baskets, flower tubs and mini-flowerbeds of Cranswick Square’s streets, and for the Cranswick Square Triangle. Come along to help out between 10am and 2pm – meet your neighbours, get some sunshine, get your hands dirty and have some fun! And in case you need reminding of how great the street looks when everyone pitches in, here’s some of previous years’ shows:

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This week’s community allotment news

This week sees the last of our informative Gardening Sessions on Saturday 20th May at 10am. Many thanks to Matt for taking the time to help local residents learn about growing and caring for their own food crops and how to make the most of the allotment. This final week’s course will cover:
1. Plant Families and crop rotation
2. Plant Care and support structures
3. Weeding, watering and Feeding
4. course review and evaluation.
Even if you don’t want to be part of the course, you’re very welcome to come along and help on the allotment from 10am this Saturday or Sunday. Remember, those who contribute time get a share of the lovely fresh, local, organic produce!

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4th week of allotment training

Just a reminder that tomorrow, 12th May, is the 4th of our training sessions on Moss Side Community Allotment. This week’s session will focus on:

– garden creatures (good and not-so-good)
– pests and diseases
– growing and harvesting
– quick filler crops
– storing crops, and
– what to do with glutton crops

All welcome.

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Moss Side community allotment news

The third session in our allotment training programme starts at 10am this Saturday and will cover: identifying seeds, sowing, pricking out seedlings, potting them on, and direct sowing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve missed other sessions – all are welcome. The volunteer work group on the allotment will also be busy on Sunday morning if you just want to help out – don’t forget, all volunteers are entitled to enjoy fresh, organic, local fruit and veg from the plot.

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