Residents in Hulme will benefit from a new wellbeing garden funded by Age Friendly Manchester at Cornbrook Medical Practice's City Road Site.
Social enterprise Sow the City are working with Cornbrook GP surgery to develop their grounds into an engaging space for growing, wildlife and relaxation.
The Cornbrook GP surgeries have around 13,000 patients on their books, many of whom are socially isolated and have very little access to outdoor space. The garden will provide opportunity for local people to learn new skills, take part in physical exercise, get access to healthy and free food and meet new people.
The project will provide a beacon of best practice for the emerging social prescription approach that is being rolled out in Manchester.
Jon Ross, Director of Sow the City said: “There is a lot of evidence that nature-based interventions are good for people’s physical and mental health. We’re looking forward to setting up a project where patients can access this type of therapy at their local GP practice”
“The project will bring together local people of different backgrounds, and different ages in meaningful activity, where they can learn new skills which can be shared with family members and neighbours.”