In 2019 we ran a successful Community Share Offer raising over £200,000 with investors from the local community. With the investment under our belts we are full steam ahead creating the space of our dreams.
Work is now well underway, the much important site clearance is almost complete; the plans are drawn, the footprint of the new build is now marked out and we are looking forward to the major new works starting very soon.
Business and activities will continue as usual and our sales area is still bursting with the season's best.
When our new build is complete we will be offering an even wider range of plants, garden sundries and locally made gifts and crafts.
We will be offering a warm, safe and accessible social space for all our volunteers and our new café will be greeting you with an exciting, fresh vegetarian and vegan menu.
Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC) opened its doors back in 2000, converting an area of scrubland, and later a car park, into a public green space to encourage healthy living through gardening and sustainable food growing.
People grow here as much as the plants. We run an on-site activity programme with daily sessions providing meaningful opportunities to a wide range of people including parents and toddlers, adults with learning disabilities and sensory impairments, people who are beginner gardeners, and anyone who just wants to enjoy being outdoors and part of our volunteer family. It is an inclusive space, where over 30% of our volunteers have physical or mental disabilities. Our volunteers become healthier, happier, more confident and part of a supportive community of horticultural heroes.
We’re a one stop destination for everything our community needs to make beautiful, wildlife friendly natural spaces, stocking everything from trees to tiny alpines. Over the last 20 years we've seen the Centre thrive. Each year we welcome well over ten thousand people through our doors, as well as the diverse array of wildlife that calls the centre home. If you haven't visited yet, come and see this urban paradise for yourselves.
Hulme Community Garden Centre provides enjoyment, sanctuary and a breath of fresh air to so many, but the current onsite facilities created limitations to what was possible. Through consultation with the community, we identified the main areas for improvement and more sustainable growth. These include, more comfortable indoor spaces for our visitors and volunteers, a new entrance, new toilets including baby changing facilities, a welcoming and warm cafe, a spacious shop and better office facilitates for our HCGC team.