Northern Roots | Northern Roots | Oldham Council

The Northern Roots project is an exciting opportunity to create the UK’s largest urban farm and eco park in the heart of Oldham.

It builds on existing community growing and food projects like our Growing Hubs, the Green Dividend and Get Oldham Growing.

At the heart of the project lies Snipe Clough – a 160 acre site, adjacent to Oldham’s flagship Alexandra Park. There is potential for local people to develop a range of activities and businesses on the site, including:

  • Creation of a visitor centre, café and shop
  • Growing edible and ornamental crops at scale
  • Animal Husbandry, bee-keeping
  • Production of food and drink products
  • Improved facilities for sport including football and hockey
  • Recreational activities such as camping, mountain-biking, high ropes and graded walking routes
  • A venue for events including outdoor performances, weddings, festivals and workshops
  • Courses, outdoor classrooms, forest school and workspaces

It will put Oldham on the national and even global map as a pioneer of a new social, environmental and economic compact, at a time when the planet has never needed one more.

Get involved

As we put the foundations in place to realise the long-term vision, we are also keen to initiate and support some shorter-term, pilot projects. 

We are keen to work with partners and residents who are already active in green and growing activities. 

If you are interested, please complete our short questionnaire.

Alexandra Park Eco Centre plans unveiled

This is our vision for the new Alexandra Park Eco Centre.

The new centre aims to be ‘carbon neutral’ with low running costs and would replace the existing and ageing depot currently on-site - boosting our ambitions to become the greenest borough in the region.

As well as providing much-needed facilities – such as office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities – the new centre would be self-sufficient and boast the latest green technologies.

The new eco-centre would act as an anchor development for our flagship Northern Roots Project.

It will see the creation of the UK's largest urban farm and eco-park on the neighbouring 160-acre Snipe Clough.

If planning approval is given for the building work could begin this year.