3. Projects supported by Get Oldham Growing

Lees Growth Hub

Oldham Council is seeking the support of groups and organisations to create a community growing hub within Lees Park.

As part of the local authority’s Get Oldham Growing initiative, the transformation would enhance the park and provide space for community activities with a strong eco-themed focus.

Get Oldham Growing gives residents the support they need to boost healthy eating, a more active lifestyle and encourage them to think about related job opportunities in the area.

The local authority is looking to bring a redundant area of the park back to life for the purposes of a community growing hub.

Westwood Community Initiative

Contact: Shana.wci@gmail.com

Cook for Health; a community cooking programme that educates and trains people in alternative cooking methods and how to cook with reduced salt, fat and sugar contents. Participants will be equipped with the practical skills to change how they cook in order to improve their health and that of their families.

Fatima Women’s Association

Contact: Fauzia@fatimawomens.org.uk

Pressure Perfect Health; the purpose of this project is to improve healthy eating prevalence and increase knowledge of growing foods and vegetables. This learning will be embedded into a programme of sessions that will also improve confidence and self-esteem whilst reducing isolation and building social networks.

Firwood and District Residents Association

Contact: firwoodresidents@ntlworld.com

Firwood Community Garden Project; the development of a communal garden and growing space for people of all ages in Chadderton. Children and adults will engage in a variety of small scale projects including food growing and making improvements that will encourage wildlife to return to the area.

The Rangers Foundation for Youth & Community in the Environment

Contact: sholverrangers@gmail.com

The Rangers group work with local residents, schools and charities to further develop a community garden which encourage people to grow fresh food and live more healthily. By promoting local volunteering and opportunities to get involved in growing they continue to establish the Fullwood site as a valuable community space.

The Waterhead Park Growing Hub - Veg in the park (VIP)

Contact: anne.fleming@oldham.gov.uk

Local groups, residents and schools have come together with Get Oldham Growing to create a new food growing hub in Waterhead Park. An unused bowling green will be transformed into a community facility which will focus on developing food growing skills and providing opportunities for exercise and social inclusion. By creating a sustainable site, the project will be managed by local people for the benefit of their own communities for many years to come.

Alexandra Park Hub Recipe Book