COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT –
Since Patricia started her post as our Community Engagement Officer she’s been non-stop! She’s been round to lots of community groups to talk with them about what they do and how we might be able to work together.
Recently, we’ve been on the look out for local projects we can get involved with – we even popped up at Chorlton Big Green Happening back in April to talk to the lovely people who made it down to St Clement’s that day.
Most of the time, community groups can struggle to get their projects off the ground due to funding blocks and not having enough time to get stuck in. We’ve been trying to help local growing projects by offering either free or heavily discounted mulch in order to give them a boost. We recently supplied Moss Brook Growers with a whole load of leafy mulch for their farm over in Glazebury – they supply Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton with some of their veggies! They also take our firewood processor shavings off us to use for some of their foody things…
A few weeks ago we were approached by the Community Engagement Worker for Morgan Sindall, who are constructing the new addition to Plymouth Grove Primary School in Longsight. They were initially after some woodchip to cover part of the new “Forest School” area at the front of the building, which was formally Council owned land that they gifted to the School. Once we’d heard a bit more about the project, and the brilliant ideas (but lack of budget!) they had, we were really keen to get involved & said we’d like to offer them more than just the woodchip – having a yard full of timber, we knew we could do better than that! In the end, we donated some seating, some carved owls, some pallets they used for fencing, some larch for building materials and some stepping stones. They were overjoyed & Patricia was snapped alongside some of the children & the Head Teacher for their Press Release (pictures to follow – we’ll update this page as soon as we have them). We also recently donated some landscaping woodchip to a local primary school to improve their grounds and, to another school, we donated some wooden play items for their play area.
If you know of any local growing projects or local schools that we should get in touch with, contact Patricia – firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂