Hulme Community Garden Centre



Our mission is to bring the local community together through gardening. Up to 50 volunteers contribute to HCGC each week from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, from the surrounding area and from further afield. Our aim is to develop and share information about horticulture and environmental issues.

Volunteering with HCGC is a great way to develop your skills, experience and learn about how a community garden centre operates. It also offers opportunity to form new friendships.  Areas which may be of interest include:

  • Maintaining the community gardens
  • Woodworking
  • Helping  customers
  • Creating gifts and crafts for our community shop
  • Assisting staff and ‘learning the ropes’
  • Administrative and office support
  • Photographing and documenting activities

Our general volunteering day is Wednesday 10.30am – 3.30pm

Our woodworking volunteer session is Tuesday 10.15am to 1.15pm

To join either of these groups (both for age 18+) please first complete a registration form.  Our team will then process your application and invite you for an induction. Following your induction these sessions will be drop-in.

You can collect a registration form from the garden centre, or click here to download a copy to print yourself.  The form can be dropped off at our shop, or emailed to us at

SEN Supported Sessions

Our Garden Crew supported sessions run every Friday from 10:30am to 12pm.


£3 – Drop in and pay on the day. (For age 18+)


GARDEN EXPLORERS – Parent & Toddler club

Thursdays 10.30am-11.30am

£4 per child including materials, tea/coffee and juice. 


Please call 0161 227 8198 to pay by card and pre book your space.

Unfortunately this session is no longer a drop in session and numbers are limited.


Our Gardening club for toddlers runs year round come rain, wind or shine. Every week we do a different activity – outdoors when possible. Always fun, often muddy!

Home Education

Sessions for home educated and flexi-schooled children aged 6-11 years old.

Thursdays 12.45pm – 2.15pm. 

We run several blocks throughout the year, pre-booking required.  Please Contact


The emphasis of our sessions is on a creative, warm and inviting environment with learning areas that are filled with potential activities that invite children to explore, providing an environment that is rich in sensory impact. Focusing on different areas of our site, the children will play a key part in sowing, growing and tending to the garden, as well as learning about biodiversity and encouraging beneficial wildlife.


Growing Together

Our wellbeing group is a quiet group that focuses on gentle activities such as seed sowing, bulb planting, and producing things for sale in our garden centre shop.

Mondays 1pm – 2.30pm.

Free – no booking required


This group is particularly suitable for those wishing to venture out, elevate their mood, and socialise with others.


Corporate Social Responsibility

A challenge day with us…

…is an excellent way for your employees to engage with local communities, providing fun team-building opportunities to apply skills and interact in the nurturing setting of our thriving unique urban oasis.

All activities are practical, outdoors, hands-on and suitable for everyone; an example of a challenge might be:

  • Creating an accessible, sensory garden for people with disabilities
  • Developing a play area to get local children off their screens and into the wild
  • Installing a water harvesting system as part of our commitment to long term sustainability.
  • Planting an edible garden to provide organic produce for the community.

Hulme Community Garden Centre is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, and subscribes to international Co-operative Values and Principles meaning that values such as democracy, openness and fairness are fundamental, as is support for education, concern for others, and working for the good of the community as a whole.


Membership is open to individuals and organisations that share the Charity’s goals, are in agreement with it’s objectives, and wish to share risks and benefits.


Members make decisions at general meetings on a ‘one member, one vote’ basis, irrespective of the number of shares held. Members elect the board who oversee the business and are accountable to the members. Only members are eligible to serve on the board. We currently have a non-investor membership of around 160 members drawn from our community of local people, volunteers, service users and carers. To find out more about this please email

Meetings and Events

Board of Trustees meeting for 2023 will take place on:

– Date and time to be confirmed –


Members, shareholders and volunteers are welcome to attend.  Please give two weeks notification if you would like to attend by emailing or calling us on 0161 227 8198

Further Information

Activities/Volunteering Information Requests

For further details on volunteering or any of the sessions we run please contact us on 0161 227 8198 or use the form below: