Real Learning Stories

Real Food Wythenshawe seeks to inspire a new generation in locally grown, sustainable food, increasing awareness of the major issues surrounding our food choices and encouraging people to make healthier and greener choices around food.

We do this by, putting on training for members of the community and raising the profile of specific issues at large scale events.


“Approach to getting people involved and informed is refreshing. Especially with the key being to educate individuals to provide them with foundational skills to improve their health and lifestyle”.

“Friendly, Positive & Informative People…[I learnt about] Don’t put everything in your compost and Companion Planting”.

 “Learned more in a 2 hour session than I did in a week of research on google…learnt how to build a compost, what is compost, how to use and when to use”.

“Like that the session was in the community it was very good teaching and practical, learnt to make a good compost mix, think about organic and think about sustainability”.

Participant comments from Composting workshop, Wythenshawe Park.


 “I enjoyed doing something practical and useful for the birds”.

 “I enjoyed making a Bird House for my Nana using a hammer and nails”.

Participant, Bird Box making workshop, Bideford Community Centre, Baguley.


“The relaxed and informative session. Learnt loads, too much to mention as I am a complete beginner”.

 “All session was good, crop rotation, mixed planting and much more about planting seeds, nurturing and understanding the needs, particularly veg and fruit that I want to grow”.

Participants, Designing Your Edible Garden, Wythenshawe Park.


“Friendly atmosphere, practical teaching and interesting activity learning how old the types of apples are”.

Participant, Grafting workshop, Bideford Community Centre, Baguley.

Cookery Courses

“All the cookery demonstrations were well projected and really easy to understand”.

Participant, cooking course, Benchill Community Centre.

“Thanks very much! Very enjoyable and brilliant”.

Participant, Edible Christmas Decorations, Wythenshawe Park.

“[I learnt about] sustainability of cooking needs to improve. Learnt about sustainable fish”.

Participant, Winter Warmers cooking session, Wythenshawe Park.

“I really enjoyed the interaction of the participants while cooking, swapping tips and recommendations. All the informative part about sustainable and organic food importance”.

Participant, Winter Warmers cooking session, Wythenshawe Park.

Interactive sessions with children and young people

“I thought the whole thing went brilliantly. The children really enjoyed looking around the Horticultural Centre and every child that came out of the potting activity was really happy and proud of their pots”.

Baguley and Brooklands Children’s Centre.

University Tours

“Thank you both so much for putting on such a wonderful fieldtrip today. The students have been very impressed with what they saw in Wythenshawe, and have made a variety of comments.  Some were saying that they hadn’t realised how green Wythenshawe was…. One hadn’t been close up to a cow before! And two expressed doubts that your aims are achievable!  I think they are simply in awe of the ambitiousness of the project”.

Mags Adams, Lecturer in Geography | Environment & Life Sciences, Salford University.