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Volunteers Needed For Castlefield Spring Clean

The orchard in St John's Gardens is getting a spruce-up on Saturday 24 March

Published on March 22nd 2012.


Volunteers Needed For Castlefield Spring Clean

CASTLEFIELD is having a spring clean and green-fingered volunteers are invited to help spruce it up.

St John’s Gardens is one of four spots across the city that will have new flowers, shrubs and trees planted in a public gardening day on Saturday 24 March. The other sites are: around the pagoda in Chinatown, Piccadilly Basin and the new pocket park on Thomas Street.

This is going to be a fantastic day for celebrating what’s been achieved so far through the Manchester Garden City scheme

After a day of gardening, volunteers will be treated to drinks in the Northern Quarter and a special talk by Radio 4 Gardner’s Question Time panelist Paul Peacock. He will discuss sustainable eating, offer tips to budding gardeners and give planting demonstrations.

Mr Peacock said: “I’m looking forward to meeting these enthusiastic city gardeners and hope I can offer some useful hints and tips on getting the most out of their green spaces. Growing your food not only saves money but is good for the environment and lots of fun.”

The day is being organised by CityCo and Manchester-based architects BDP who work together on the Manchester Garden City initiative, which was responsible for giving the spots a make-over in recent years.

BDP director Gavin Elliott said: “This is going to be a fantastic day for celebrating what’s been achieved so far through the Manchester Garden City scheme.

“These newly created green spaces have really improved little corners of the city centre and been enjoyed by residents, workers and visitors alike.”

Work will start at 1pm on 24 March at St John’s Gardens. For more information and to get involved, email Carol Stansfield at email@carolstandfield.co.uk by noon on Friday 23 March.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 22nd 2012.

1 day notice to make yourself available? I hope thats not an indication of how the rest of the city council is organised?

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AnonymousMarch 22nd 2012.

As the article says, the organisers of the event are CityCo, who are an independent public-private body and BDP, an architecture firm.

ZorroMarch 22nd 2012.

We have been publicising the day so some weeks and have over 60 volunteers signed up. I'm sorry you've only just heard about it but if you want to get involved in future Manchester Garden City events please email us at gardencity@cityco.com.

AnonymousMarch 22nd 2012.

I notice the orchard in St Johns Garden has allready been weeded and tidied up by the gardening fairies don't want to leave much for Mr Karney and friends to do .

AnonymousMarch 24th 2012.

There really wasn't anything to do in St John's Garden's today. A tiny bit of weeding and naff all else. First rule of managing volunteer events: make sure you know roughly how many volunteers are gonna turn up and then that you have the enough work for them to do. The worst kind of volunteer experience is when you don't feel like you've actually made any difference. Such as today. Not worth turning up for.
Respect to the volunteer organisers who put the time and effort into making today happen but there's a lot of lessons to be learned, based on what I saw today.

Ancoats Canal ProjectMarch 25th 2012.

The Ancoats Canal Project is a volunteer group and has run successful clean up, planting / install and social events for 7 months now on the Rochdale Canal upstream from Tariff st and we are out and about again today.

We try to have 2 or 3 upcoming events posted on the web and send out regular emails and twitter. Check website ‘Upcoming events’ for more details about today. Next event will be Sunday April 29.

http://ancoatscanal.wordpress.com/

There is always loads to do and due to popular demand we are going to start having events on the Ancoats section of the Ashton Canal this year.

Top attendance so far was 40+ with an average of 15 to 20 so you will not be alone! Check the past events for pics of people in action. The initial focus is getting the canal enviroment in order but we also have social events and always need help with these if that is more your thing.

Follow us on twitter: @ancoatscanal
Facebook under: Ancoats Canal Project
email: ancoatscanal@gmail.com

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