Valeside Community Garden

This is an on-going collaboration with ReCreate and Incredible Edible Mossley to transform a former brown field site into a community garden and art space.

During the 1960's much of Mossley was a slum, with many of the old mills closed, the worker housing fell into disrepair and had to be pulled down. The land was then left often falling foul of flytippers and rampant overgrowth.

in 2011 this plot was given to the Friends of Mossley Park in order to create a community garden and over the years, various individuals and groups have taken it on including local residents and Incredible Edible Mossley who promote active growing and sharing of plant knowledge.

ReCreate first got involved in 2017 as an opportunity to practice woodworking skills learned by making pallet furniture. Our aim was provide a living wall with plants and artwork and spaces to enjoy the view and wildlife. The wall has become a frame for our outdoor metal work classes and we each made a bee themed tableau to display there.

We have also installed a telegraph pole onto which we will display ceramics made with the theme of Marvelous Mossley and the things that we value most here.

I have since worked on connecting our newly created space to the other 2 existing zones with the aim of making a unified space to be used by all. This is still a work in progress and more updates will be posted but the reaction by the public so far has been very encouraging. watch this space.