Newsholme Street Community Garden

Newsholme Street Community Garden

Helping to restore Newsholme Street Community Garden into a beautiful space for residents.

Aim

The aim of this project was to re-engage with the community to restore this space to a community garden. There have been a few events held in order to get the garden restored. Community organisations, residents and volunteers from the Al-Sunnah Mosque have been involved. Tools were borrowed from local residents, and refreshments, plants and PPE were provided by Charlee. Some children have planted individual pots with edible flower kits. This work has continued, and the space now just needs to be maintained.

Al-Sunnah Mosque have agreed to support by holding community funds, and supporting with future projects.

Location

Cheetham Hill

Benefits of gardening

Exposure to green space can have a positive effect on both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce depression and anxiety and local green space has been linked to improved mental health and wellbeing. For older people, gardening can be a useful source of physical activity, while supporting independence and reducing loneliness. Living in areas with green spaces is associated with less income-related health inequality, weakening the effect of deprivation on health. Urban green spaces can contribute to social cohesion but the quality and maintenance of green spaces is important to make them appealing.

Evaluation

There has been help from lots of community organisations, and a small team of community workers will continue to support. This is until funding systems are in place to continue to support the work at Newsholme Street.

The garden was entered into the North West In Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood competition, which was judged in July. The residents achieved an overall Level 4 – Thriving which they were happy with.

In November 2021, residents from surrounding streets met for the first time to create a resident’s group.


Project Team

Charlee Fitzgerald – buzz Manchester Neighbourhood Health Worker

Parveen Akhtar – Winning Hearts and Minds

Chris Bernard – Winning Hearts and Minds

Adiba Sultan – Manchester Local Care Organisation

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Supports older people

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Reduces income-related health inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Improves local area

Our Manchester Strategy

Increased social cohesion

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Can be used for social prescribing

General Practice Forward View (NHS England, 2016)

Research/evidence base

Public Health England (2020) Improving Access to Greenspace: A new review for 2020

Houlden et al (2018) The relationship between greenspace and the mental wellbeing of adults: A systematic review PLoS One, 13 (9)

The King’s Fund (2016) Gardens and Health: Implications for policy and practice

World Health Organization (2016) Urban Green Spaces and Health: A review of evidence

Schmutz et al, Garden Organic and Sustain (2014) The benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing

Contact

Charlee Fitzgerald – Neighbourhood Health Worker

07771 805 278

Charlee.Fitzgerald@gmmh.nhs.uk



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