Located just a mile east of Stockport's centre, Woodbank Memorial Park is home to Woodbank Community Food Hub - an urban horticulture hub that joins up inclusive community gardening with commercial organic food production. It’s the size of one and a half football pitches, and includes several large polytunnels for under-cover veg growing. A collection of organisations are working together on the site to turn it into a thriving hub for local food, with current activities including:
Veg Box People - Part of the family of enterprises supported and incubated by Kindling, Veg Box People are Greater Manchester's fastest growing veg box scheme. The hub at Woodbank is a Veg Box People collection point, which means local, organic veg can be ordered online and collected from the hub.
Glebelands City Growers - A small market garden business producing organic veg, which is sold through Veg Box People, Manchester Veg People and shops, cafes and restaurants aceoss Greater Manchester. Woodbank is Glebelands' second site. They have been growing organically at their first site in Sale for many years.
FarmStart - A training programme for people aspriing to commercial organic veg growing, run by ourselves at The Kindling Trust.
Stockport Beekeepers - A training apiary for budding beekeepers
Upcoming Opportunities and Events
A varied programme of activities is open to local residents and the general public, including community gardening sessions, open to all, every Monday 11am - 2pm. Details of all events can be found on the hub website.
Health and Wellbeing: Grow, Cook & Eat
Combining access to local organic veg, with cookery, socialising and physical activity, our Grow, Cook & Eat programme aims to help people to take greater control of their health and wellbeing. Since 2017 we have been taking referrals to this programme through the NHS and VCSE health and wellbeing services.
The Grow, Cook & Eat model has been designed to help tackle health inequalities and is part of a growing trend towards Social Prescribing, which recognises that medical intervention is not always the most effective, or long-lasting way of improving health and wellbeing. Find out more about how this project began and read an update from our pilot year in 2017. For current information about making a referral or taking part in this programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The one and a half acre site was previously a Council plant nursery, run by the Parks Department. It closed in 2011 and a large part of the site lay unused until 2015, when the Council partnered with us as part of Feeding Stockport to bring in a range of new activities and organisations. The ambitious partnership included 16 different stakeholders and was made possible through the work of Feeding Stockport, and the willingness of Stockport Council to work towards becoming a Sustainable Food City.
The hub fits into Kindling’s overall mission to transform our food system into one which is fairer, healthier for people, and better for the environment.