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Birley Community Orchard

‌‌Over the last 3 years, Hulme Community Garden Centre has nurtured 22 varieties of apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees for a new Community Orchard which has been planted at Birley. We are running free, seasonal orchard workshops throughout the year, open to everyone - find out more on our eventspage


Birley Bug Hotel 

A bug hotel was built at Birley Campus, with help from Student Residental Advisors and Hulme Community Garden Centre.

The bug hotel is made from old wooden pallets which local schools (St Wilfrids, St Philips and Rolls Cresent) filled with leaves, straw and other natural materials, providing a habitat for a range of animals and insects.


Birley Community Woodland

We have created a Community Woodland on Birley Campus with help from Hulme Community Garden Centre, volunteers from the local community and our staff and students. The woodland is a sanctuary for wildlife, an area for urban foraging, as well as an educational resource. Anyone is able to access and enjoy this area. 

Manchester Met is committed to protecting and enhancing biodiversity across our estate and promoting its benefits for students, staff, visitors and local community.

In the upcoming academic year, look out for events and activities held in this space. 


John Dalton Garden 

We have a set of raised planters in John Dalton Building that our staff and students can use to grow plants and harvest any edibles. If you are a staff member or student that wants to get involved, or a student that wants to start up a gardening society, email ‌


Edible Campus- Pick your own 

Manchester Met staff, students and local communities are invited to ‘pick your own’ and enjoy what we are growing on our edible campus.

An abundance of culinary herbs are grown at Birley Campus. Look out for the ‘How to Harvest’ guidelines, available by each planter.

If you are a community group and would like to harvest some of the herbs at Birley, contact us at ‌