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Growing Manchester is a 'Food Futures' programme to help support local community food growing projects in our shared ambition to grow and live sustainably.

Originally established as a pilot programme in 2010, Growing Manchester has flourished, and now supports over 75 Manchester based community food growing projects to grow their own fresh, healthy and sustainable food. 

Supported by the Public Health Team in Manchester, the aim of the programme is to ensure that local people and communities with the enthusiasm to grow food can access the support their project needs to succeed.  To do this, we work in partnership with award winning social enterprise ‘Sow the City’, to provide the hands on expert horticultural support to our growing groups, helping them to become more self sufficient and sustainable in the long term. Through a range of practical courses and fun activities, we also use Growing Manchester as a platform to increase awareness of the effects of food production on climate change and to improve the physical and mental well-being of not only those involved in our projects, but the local and wider community.

If you are interested in finding out more about Growing Manchester, or starting your own community food growing project, why not check out the links on this page, where you can find out more about the programme and the kind of things you might want to consider when setting up a new project.  

For all other enquiries, please contact Lindsay Laidlaw, Public Health Manchester on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 0161 234 3540.