When the concrete gets too much, you need some time out in a green haven. When in Manchester, Hulme Community Garden Centre is the remedy.
Just 20 minutes by bus from central Manchester, this is not just a garden centre. This not-for-profit, community-led project was established 20 years ago. Designed to promote well-being, it offers courses, workshops and social events. It also encourages visitors to connect with nature and enjoy the greener side of life.
Take time out to wander around the site’s rows and rows of plants, flowers and pots. Alternatively, sit and enjoy the surroundings with a coffee in one of its cozy outdoor cabin spaces.
As plants and backpacks don’t mix, visitors to Manchester can take advantage of HCGC in other ways. Let sound waves roll over you at one of its regular gong baths (£15) or check its event listings for one of its many festivals. Alternatively, fill up at Cafe Sorrel with breakfast sandwiches (from £4.30), a brie and bacon burger (£9.00), jumbo vegan hot dogs (£7.00) or homemade soup and bread (£4.80).
Recent renovations brought an upgrade to HGCC’s fantastic shop. Pick up greeting cards made by a local wildlife printer, essential oils, teas made from organic locally foraged plants or natural soaps inspired by the great outdoors.
As if this agrarian hub hadn’t soothed your soul enough, petting its two resident cats Humphrey and Lily, whose medical bills you can contribute towards, will be the cherry on the cake.