Sir Richard Leese visits Real Food Wythenshawe

Leader of Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese visited the Real Food Wythenshawe Project this January to see the difference the project is making to the local community.

This visit came about after Sir Richard made reference to Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG’s) Real Food project in his opening statement at the Manchester Climate Change Conference in July last year.

Real Food is a programme designed to engage and inspire people about growing veg and cooking fresh, homemade food. Its aim is to reach people across the whole community, supporting them to lead healthier and happier life.

As part of the tour he visited the Real food Kitchen in Wythenshawe Market, the Edible Interchange outside the Forum, the Geodome at Manchester College and the Horticultural Centre in Wythenshawe Park.

Over the next few years the focus of Real Food will be empowering and engaging communities and individuals to improve their health through 3 new projects:


  • THE GREEN DOCTOR –promoting wellbeing, health and happiness. Friendly engagement and fun nature based activities that help to build communities and cultivate enjoyment of green spaces.
  • COOKING WITH CONFIDENCE - Learn how to cook from scratch and take control of your health and budget.
  • REAL FOOD ON TOUR - sharing Real food Wythenshawe experience and good practice.

Sir Richard Leese said, “My recent visit to Real Food Wythenshawe Project was fascinating. It was both interesting and impressive to see the creative ideas being developed to support people to change and improve their health and happiness.

There is a lot here to learn from and it would be great to see some of these ideas replicated across Manchester.”

WCHG Chief Executive Kevin Lowry  "We are delighted that Sir Richard could visit the Real Food Wythenshawe and see first hand the difference they are making in the fantastic community of Wythenshawe and beyond"

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