Manchester Health Academy Literacy Garden Project

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group working in partnership with Manchester Health Academy worked together on their literacy garden project.

The Literacy Garden project aims to provide an outdoor area to promote the enjoyment of reading for pleasure in an alternative environment to the classroom.
The vision of the garden was to provide a community space, encompassing table, bench seating and shelter within a garden setting with a literacy theme. The space would be used for Manchester Health Academy students and external groups to enjoy literacy in an outdoor setting. WCHG staff volunteered, helping clear out the large beds, ready for vegetables to be planted.

The students intend to start planting a variety of vegetables and flowers, and to begin to add some nice decorative, literacy themed features.

Jacque Allen, Executive Director of Housing said, “It’s so fantastic to see the enthusiasm from the staff on this project, bringing an area of the school to life for the students to use creatively for their learning journey. We welcome new opportunities from the community to offer to our staff as a volunteering opportunity”

WCHG Volunteer said “It was great to see the children getting involved with the gardening; I enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience and really making a difference in the community.
It’s great that the school will be able to make use of the area and getting the children involved in the maintenance of the beds and leaning to grow their own plants, fruit and veg”.