From Seed to Harvest: Growing your own and with the community
A day to skill-up those new to growing vegetables and fruit trees, with workshops on Creative Container Veg Growing, Organic Gardening and Apple Tree Grafting.
This half day workshop will teach you how to graft apple and other fruit trees.A range of local and heritage apple varieties including dessert, cooking and cider apples will be available to graft onto MM106 rootstock.
As part of our new Agroforestry Farm project, we're hitting the ground running by grafting 6000 fruit trees over the next year. These trees will be planted in our nursery, ready to be transplanted onto the new farm site over the next few years. This is a huge challenge but one we are excited to pull off.
What will the session look like?
You'll be grafting scions (young cuttings) to rootstock at our purpose-built grafting stations. We've put up gazebos to help protect us from the weather and all the stations have been designed to enable social distancing. You'll receive guidance and training from our Agroforestry team, with plenty of opportunities to talk through the process. We'll also be providing safety equipment.
We encourage people to volunteer in more than one session, or even regularly if they can, but this isn't a requirement!
How physically demanding is grafting?
Grafting is fairly low impact and involves no heavy lifting. Grafting with knives involves carefully making safe cuts, which can be fiddly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to learn. If you have any access needs please let us know in advance and we will endeavour to meet them where possible. Just email us at email@example.com uk. We have a lower table if you need to be seated, and have a range of tools for grafting.
We have some space to host more people if you're from the same household or bubble. If this is the case, and you want to bring them along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org uk for more info!
Woodbank Community Food Hub
Woodbank Memorial Park
Enter the park from the South via Park Lane. Proceed through the barrier into the park and the site is the first gate on the right.
Just south of Stockport Town Centre, this location has great public transport links with the number 314 bus regularly leaving Stockport Bus Station for the nearby Turncroft Lane.
Although a steep cycle from Stockport through Vernon and Woodbank Parks, there are many quiet routes to us and secure bike locking on site.
There is a large free car park just 100 m from the site at the end of Edwin Street.