Urban Organic Community Gardening in Blackpool

At the start of December, I met with Alan Hulme of Urban Organic CIC to photograph his latest project at Blackpool’s Blind Home and find out more about the aspirations behind the community garden.

Claire: Who are you and what do you do.
Alan: I’m Alan Hulme and I’m a Community Gardener and Beekeeper.
C: Where is Urban Organic based?
A: Urban Organic is based on the Growing for Life Garden at the Princess Alexandra Blind Home. We operate across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
C: How can people make use of the space and get involved?
A: We have run sessions as different sites across the region. People can see details of these and make contact through our website.
C: Why did you decide to start Urban Organic?

A: Urban Organic in its present form started in June 2014 I wanted Urban Organic to be a way to empower and inspire people, help them to socialise and learn at the same time, whilst making improvements to their environment and lifestyle. Gardening and beekeeping are potentially really powerful tools for achieving this for all sorts of people.

The motivation for Urban Organic came from seeing other examples of community change brought about at the grass roots level – from Guerrilla Gardener Richard Reynolds in central London to the amazing Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin – there are so many great projects that motivate!

C: What has been the biggest achievement for the organisation to date?
A: The international youth exchange we hosted in Blackpool in 2017 when 30 you people came from across Europe to take part in beekeeping, gardening and stop motion animation workshops. It was absolutely incredible!

The future for Urban Organic is community inspiration more bee keeping and demonstrating exactly how community spaces an gardens can bring about great change and inspiration. To find out more visit their website at www.urbanorganic.org.uk

 Images courtesy of CJGriffiths Photography



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