A wellbeing centre is launching a free gardening workshop in Salford, for those who share a passion for horticulture.
Start Inspiring Minds, a wellbeing centre with a hub in Walkden, hopes the workshop will bring people from different backgrounds together, through their love for gardening.
Daniel Moore, the Horticultural coordinator at Start, was tasked by Walkden Centre to focus on green spaces around Salford that were underdeveloped.
He said: “Over the last couple of years there’s been a limited number of things people that people can go to.
“We wanted to give people an opportunity for more variety, and make them able to access different activities.”
The aim of the workshops is for people to learn new skills, find a love for gardening, or rekindle one which they may have forgotten.
Mr Moore said: “It could be somebody who’s young, and hasn’t got any gardening experience, or it could be an older person.
“I’m hoping that’s what it’s going to be: a real mix of ages, experiences and people from all over.”
A lot of people already having signed up which he thinks is due to the isolation people endured through lockdown.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a rise in concerns with mental health.
He said: “People have been struggling, not only because they struggle with their mental health, but anybody – myself included.
“It’s everybody fighting their own battles.”
The team at Start hopes that in future, this project will expand: a ‘pick-your-own veg’ system, where people can turn up and take what they need, fresh.
“Community is really important to me,” he said, “not just at Walkden, and it’s about that sense of community that makes people feel engaged and part of a group.”
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has donated bulbs and gardening supplies.
The workshop meets every Wednesday at the Make Space Centre in Walkden, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
For more information, contact Daniel Moore at his email: email@example.com, or call 0161 351 6000.