Glebelands, Greater Manchester
Glebelands is located in Sale on the edge of the river Mersey. The site was for decades used as a market garden, then more recently as a recreation ground and site for special needs. It fell briefly into disuse until 2001 when a small group of growers took the site on from the council.
All produce is grown according to Soil Association standards. With very light and sandy soil, fertility is maintained through on-site composting, animal manure and green manures. The growing season is extended by the use of polytunnels and horticultural fleece to produce as much as possible through the winter months.
Glebelands concentrate on high-value crops such as salads, leafy vegetables, squash, courgettes, cucumbers, purple sprouting broccoli, herbs and various beans. In the winter months the focus is on oriental salads which thrive in low-light conditions under the protection of the polytunnels.
The site has attracted an increase in butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, hedgehogs, birds and so on, showing that rich biodiversity can co-exist with food production and suburbia.
Glebelands produce is available for sale at Unicorn, a co-operatively run grocers in Manchester, and through their box scheme. They also supply a local café.
Arranging a visit
Schools are welcome to visit. Please arrange trips in advance. Contact Lesley or Jenn. Other visitors are welcomed to the site on the two open days held each year.
How to get there
Please contact Glebelands before visiting for directions and to arrange your trip. The gardens are located in Sale, Greater Manchester.