There's a gardening revolution happening on an unassuming street in Salford...
Garden centres. You know, places you potter around in with your older relatives, picking out something colourful for your window box or a garden shed.
Things are a bit different though at Garden Needs, a green space with colourful ambitions.
Like any conventional garden centre, here you can buy your evergreens, your hardy perennials and there's a lovely herb section too. But underlying all of this is a commitment to health and well being which makes this place a cutting above the rest.
In fact, it's run as a social enterprise, meaning that any profits are fed back in to the buisness or the community rather than shareholders. There's also a full programme of events, courses, classes and activities designed to support people with a range of conditions, such as the Ability Programme for anyone with learning disabilities, or others designed to use gardening as therapy for those dealing with a mental health issue, plus specific events for children or those over 65, and a lot more.
Of course, it's still a garden centre, so if you're just after something bushy to brighten up a corner of your yard, pop in. But this extremely positive and delightful place turns shopping for a shrub into something much more supportive.
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