Mini allotments spring up in Manchester city centre

by Drucilla James

Rob Owen Brown, Executive Head Chef at The Mark Addy

Manchester is inviting green-fingered residents and businesses to adopt Grow Boxes and cultivate their own fruit, herbs and vegetables right in the centre of the city this summer.

The forty brightly-coloured wooden planters are available free of charge in the new Garden City garden next to the Cathedral.

Rob Owen Brown, Executive Head Chef at The Mark Addy restaurant has taken charge of the first Grow Box, saying, “It’s fantastic to have a patch of land in the city centre to do what you want. “

“I’m looking forward to growing a range of plants including courgettes and cherry tomatoes. It’s going to be great fun.”

This is the first time that businesses have been invited to adopt Grow Boxes by Cityco, Manchester’s city centre management company. Previously the opportunity has only been made available to local residents.

“This is our third and largest set of grow boxes in the city centre. The others, located in Piccadilly Basin and the Northern Quarter, have proved extremely popular,” said Emma Cooke Garden City project manager at Cityco.

Anyone interested in adopting a grow box is asked to email for further details.

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