Ryder Brow Community Allotment are a green-fingered group who want to encourage people in their community to get gardening, and improve the green space around them.

When the East Manchester group successfully pitched for funding during one of our previous Community Soup events, they convinced the voting audience about the positive effect gardening has on both physical and mental health. 

They say that "urban green spaces can contribute to social cohesion but the quality and maintenance of green spaces is important to make them appealing".

We were delighted to award them with £4,000 of funding to help them achieve their goals of improving their community allotment site. Marva from the group told us about the improvements that have been made and how they have helped the community.

Ryder Brow Community Allotment

Ryder Brow Community Allotment

"Thanks to One Manchester for their support over the past year. We have made real improvements on the allotment site including removing weeds, fly-tipped rubbish, tree felling, and spreading woodchips.

"We have also been able to install a polytunnel, and wheelchair accessible paths as well as acquiring tools, materials and providing refreshments for volunteers

"With the funds One Manchester has awarded, we've now also got access to a composting toilet, and have constructed vegetable beds for growing vegetables".

Many of the vegetables that the Community Allotment have been able to grow have been cooked and donated to a Syrian relief charity. As the group has grown they have been able to take on volunteering and gardening wellbeing workshops which have been very popular.

We're thrilled to continue to support this worthwhile group as they continue to provide a brilliant service for the local community.

If you'd like to find out more about how we can support your community group or project, see our funding page for more, or get in touch with our Community Development team.