We want to juxtapose small pockets of living land against the industrial heritage of Rochdale Town Centre. In the spirit of the birthplace of the Co-operative movement we want local residents to work together to produce food, learn new skills, create novel points of interest and increase the amount of green space within the town centre.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Local food, grown by local people, learning new skills eaten in local restaurants and cafes. People, young and old from all types of cultural and ethnic back grounds will be learning new skills and working together. The footfall of the town centre will increase and interest in the natural environment will rise. Under used and under maintained spots will be utilised and turned into beautiful points of interest. We will increase biodiversity and promote the beauty that is local produce. We are already helping local producers by supplying chalk boards from which, marketstall holders can promote their locally produced goods. This along with the food growing will serve as a high profile catalyst from which other communities across the borough can start their own community food growing schemes on underused or unattractive local land.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Open pedestrianised areas, shopping streets.