Their name is MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) – and they are in the “Strawberry Snapshot”

On Monday 12th July CEM will launch a directory of campaigning groups and resources. It will have info about mostly environmental and social justice, but if you think you belong in there, get in touch, via

If you want to come to the 45 minute launch event on Monday evening, email us for the log-in details

To whet your appetites, we are featuring groups who have already given their answers. Here’s

MANCHESTER URBAN DIGGERS CIC – (MUD) inc. Platt Fields Market Garden






Purpose of group (two paragraphs maximum)

Manchester Urban Diggers is a social enterprise that creates places where people can grow food.


We were constituted as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in May 2019 and are therefore a not-for-profit organisation with an emphasis on benefiting the local community.

We want to fix our broken food system by creating a real alternative that benefits our society as well as the natural environment. We use gardening and food to improve mental and physical well-being and bring communities together through a common love of food and nature.


We work across Greater Manchester delivering food growing workshops, hosting family events, creating new urban green spaces and renovating community gardens so they can be used to their full potential. Our goal is to grow a network of small self-sufficient food producing gardens with permanent members of staff. All of our profits will go back into the business, allowing the gardens to grow and flourish.

We reach out to diverse groups including Young Adults, school children and people using mental health services, educating and improving wellbeing through agriculture-based learning and interaction with nature. We do all of this while promoting sustainable and organic growing methods, minimising waste and increasing biodiversity by improving soil health and creating habitats for wildlife.

For MUD, it’s about growing the community as much as it is about growing food.

Skills/knowledge/resources your group has that it is willing to share with others

Primarily food growing! but also DIY & woodworking, Tree maintenance & harvesting / coppicing, pottery, willow weaving, hedges, cooking / pickling / preserving, brewing / wine making, etc.

Skills/knowledge/resources your group would like to acquire in the coming months

Any other type of natural crafts are always exciting to join as well as different typesa of cooking. We are all learning together!

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