Contact Kay by email: Kay.Bamford@wchg.org.uk
Telephone: 07580 869747
At the back of The Manchester College on Brownley Road, Wythenshawe we have a sustainable growing dome known as ‘The Geodome’.
The Geodome aims to inspire and excite people to understand where their food comes from.
It is part of the Real Food Wythenshawe project, promoting sustainable food and aims to introduce participants and visitors to the issues around environmental change and food security. The Geodome houses aquaponics, vermiculture, hydroponic and mushrooms, working together to produce healthy sustainable food.
There is a varying programme of activities to get involved with at the Geodome; outdoor education workshops include:
- Reduce, reuse, recycle – composting, wormeries, aquaponics, food miles.
- Growing your own packed lunch – Seed growing, basic tool use, healthy diets.
- Alternative growing techniques – Aquaponics, hydroponics, healthy soil.
- Improve people’s understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet, as well as increasing their knowledge of how food is grown.
- 555 local children and young people have been involved with education sessions.
- 470 adults form far and wide have visited and learnt about innovative growing techniques.
- 8 people highly trained in aquaponics.
Horticultural Centre, Wythenshawe Park – every Wednesday 1pm to 4pm & Drop-in Thursday 11am to 4pm.
The Real Food team is based in glasshouse number 1 at the Horticultural Centre, Wythenshawe Park every Wednesday 1pm to 4pm & Drop in Thursday 11am to 4pm.
These are drop-in sessions; you are welcome to stay as long as you like. If you are interested in making new friends, learning how to grow vegetables and harvesting the veg please join us. If you just want to have a chat, enjoy good company and a cup of tea please join us. We are in a lovely peaceful setting surrounded by trees and flowers.
The Pineapple Cooperative is based in the Walled Garden at the back of Wythenshawe Community Farm in Wythenshawe Park; access to the plot is available any day up to 4pm. * Please note that access to the Walled Garden is via the entrance to Wythenshawe Community Farm and there may be occasions when the farm is not accessible due to animal welfare.
For any individual, family or small group can apply to try out an allotment plot to grow their own food, The Pineapple Cooperative is a perfect way to try your hand at food growing. There will be access to advice and tools to get you started! To arrange a visit and have a chat about taking a food growing ‘taster allotment’ please contact Kay Bamford.
Edible Interchange, the Bus and Metrolink station next to the Forum
Wythenshawe’s Edible Interchange is sited at the Forum Square, Wythenshawe Town Centre. It was launched in summer 2015 and is a partnership project with Real Food Wythenshawe and supported by Transport for Greater Manchester (TGFM), Groundwork Manchester, Manchester City Council and The Forum Trust.
The Edible Interchange is unique and forms part of the vision to re-create a Garden City for the 21st Century. There is a variety of edible plants in the growing beds and in the raised planters by the two main entrances. The aim of the Edible Interchange is to encourage people to eat more healthily and enjoy locally grown food. As the seasons change so will the plants that are grown to reflect the changing seasons throughout the year.
Residents can help themselves to fruit and vegetables when they are ready to harvest. If you are interested in helping Real Food to maintain the beds around the Edible Interchange please contact Kay Bamford.
The beds need low level weeding, watering and or feeding as required. Rubbish removal/collection and general plant maintenance including some replacement planting. All equipment will be provided. Call Kay for times and dates of growing activities
Opportunities to Get Involved
If you want to learn more you can take part in Real Food workshops or get accredited training. Please take a look at our Current Opportunities and contact one of the team.