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Confucius Institute

Chinese plants in a Manchester urban oasis

29 March 2017

Gardens are created in every conceivable space and a wonderful gardening space exists in the heart of Hulme, close to the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hulme began regenerating 20 years ago and the Hulme Community Garden Centre was created in 1999 by three local residents with the vision of greening Hulme and the surrounding area. It will be featured in BBC’s Gardeners’ World as an example of a  successful community garden which brings the community together and supports local people including some of the most vulnerable parts of society.

The Confucius Institute has partnered up with Hulme Community Garden Centre to run ten Chinese garden workshops this year which will enable participants to conduct research on plants that originate from China. Plants will be labelled in Latin, English/Chinese and a growing area and seating space will be created. Many Chinese students studying in Manchester are likely to have come from large cities and have never grown anything in their life. The workshops will give them a taste of what it feels like to grow your own vegetables and provide an opportunity to have a chat with local residents. Once the project of a Chinese space in a large Manchester community garden is finished, the Confucius Institute is aiming to run guided walks for local residents. This will give Chinese students the opportunity to develop vital communication skills as well as contribute to and become part of the local community.

Our first workshop is scheduled for Wednesday 26 April from 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Registration details will be on our events page

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