Limehurst Growing Hub

Project Overview:

The Limehurst Growing Hub is an ongoing community growing project which allows local community members to enjoy and access a variety of growing, planting and training activities.  Developed with residents and community groups the programme is an integral part of the 10 year Vision to regenerate Limehurst & Hollinwood.

A Get Oldham Growing Coordinator was employed with funding from Regenda in summer 2015.  From here the Coordinator began to engage in the community holding various events and a drop in sessions.  The Coordinator soon had a regular group of residents who enjoyed meeting weekly and they then decided to establish the Limehurst Growing Hub in February 2016.  The piece of land they worked on was owned by Regenda and therefore the start-up funding came from Regenda to help support the group.

Just over a year on and the growing hub is still a great success.  The group has attracted external funding to plan small events at the hub allowing them to engage with more members of the community.  They have also held planting sessions in the school holiday and constantly strive to help educate residents about growing their own vegetables.

Timescale of project:

Ongoing.

 

Partners Involved

Local community groups, Oldham Council (Get Oldham Growing), Contour Homes, Oasis Hub, Groundwork.

 

Outcomes achieved:

  • 30 local members engaging in project
  • £2k of external funding secured
  • Local residents run constituted group
  • 10 active volunteers

 

What our users/customers say:

‘I really enjoy being involved at the growing hub, it gets me out of the house and I have made lots of new friends’

Mick Sexton, local resident and hub member.

‘Before volunteering at the growing hub I had no confidence, I did know what I was doing with my life.  Since joining in the activities with my children it has given me more confidence and I have now been able to get a full time job after receiving support from Regenda’

Beckii Langford, local resident and hub chair

What our clients say:

‘It is imperative this work is happening within our communities to ensure we are supporting families and encouraging them to growing their own vegetables.  We have also worked a lot on how to cook what we grow and how to make our food last longer and be more economical.’

Cherryl Brock, Former Get Oldham Growing Coordinator

Contact:

Chris Standish, Regeneration and Place Manager.  0151 703 3512.  Christopher.standish@regenda.org.uk