MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) is a non-profit social enterprise, established in 2019 as a response to an increasing demand for growing services across Manchester and beyond. They are dedicated to finding solutions to the problems with their local food systems. This includes; advocating for food sovereignty, being a member of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network, providing educational services and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs to make available to the local community. They always use organic growing methods and improve local biodiversity and soil health wherever they grow. MUD is committed to developing projects and creating employment opportunities for our volunteers, as well as providing free services and events for the community. MUD offer a wide range of services and opportunities for the public and private sector, including several exciting projects that are explained in detail on their website.
Hey, I’m Lucy and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!
I joined MSA in September after working in practice for 18 months and graduating from The University of Liverpool in 2018. I am currently in the USE atelier, which I am loving so far.
I am looking forward to meeting the new members of our team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:55
Hi, I'm Millie!
I graduated from MSA in 2019 and then spent a year in practice at DAY Architectural. I'm currently in the Continuity in Architecture Atelier which I think really suits my architectural values.
Our Heart and Soil project is set to be a really lovely piece of work and I'm excited to get started with our new team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:56
Our project focuses on allotment and community garden design. As a team we will be working closely with our collaborator MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) to explore the current accessibility difficulties faced by those with a disability.
It is common knowledge that accessibility issues can prevent disabled and elderly people from visiting allotment sites. Our aim is to consider how allotments and community gardens can be made more accessible and safer to everyone in society.
We will produce landscaping and practical designs that address and find solutions to these accessibility issues, primarily focussing on the sites maintained by MUD in Greater Manchester. However, our aim is to produce designs that will be universal and can be implemented at allotments throughout the country. This project will initiate a new way of thinking about allotment design. We intend to produce designs that will benefit everyone in the community by breaking the accessibility barrier to promote and create new growing opportunities.