Help refugees and local people grow stronger roots

by MUD CIC in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th November 2023 we successfully raised £56,315 with 508 supporters in 42 days

Bring refugees and local people together to grow food, and support our garden to stay open all year round.

by MUD CIC in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Now we've managed to fund the Stronger Roots Programme, we will use this extra funding we will invest in essential infrastructure upgrade;

  • A marquee replacement designed & built as featured in the video
  • decking for outside the new kitchen hatch to make it more accessible
  • an awning for the coffee order point for when it rains.
  • renovating the outdoor toilet including replacing the broken door!

Hello, we are Manchester Urban Diggers.

From our home at Platt Fields Market Garden, MUD provides free meals for thousands of people, creates a haven for wildlife, and is a unique gathering place for the community.

For seven years, we’ve been learning and growing naturally – becoming a reflection of local people, their knowledge, heritage, stories, skills.

We’ve attracted volunteers from all over Greater Manchester to grow food, build bonds and prove what is possible when we share our passions, our time, and a meal together. 


Stronger roots for refugees

Strong Roots captures everything that’s amazing about MUD, and Platt Fields Market Garden. 

The weekly sessions bring asylum seekers, refugees and friends of all ages out of isolation. 

Together we celebrate different cultures, their foods and growing methods, and invite participants to cook together – sharing recipes and stories from their homeland. 

For those stuck in contingency hotels, people not allowed to work or connect with their new country, this programme is a way to find a sense of purpose and a feeling of home, again. 

“Every week that I come I do some different gardening activities and learn new things. When I see the greenery of the garden it improves my mental wellbeing. I have struggles in life and when I have a place like this I feel at home. I feel safe and that I can share my struggles and have conversations about them. I am asking for this project to continue because it helps people like me. It means a lot to me.”

Evelyne, Strong Roots participant

With your support, we can help so many more
The funding for Stronger Roots ran out in August 2023.

But with your donations we can build on all the hard work done by Lulu and Iman from MUD and the refugee community. This Crowdfunder will pay for us to:

  • run the sessions once a week for 30-40 people. 
  • cover participants’ travel expenses. 
  • offer nature crafts and skills, gardening, food growing and cooking sessions. 
  • hot and cold drinks and a culturally appropriate warm lunch for everyone

“In my role working with asylum seekers in the area, I come across many people who need to not just go out of the hotel but also a sense of purpose – somewhere to meet other people, somewhere safe for them and their families, where they can learn together. They report that after a day spent in the garden they sleep much better – reducing some of the visits to the doctor for depression and or anxiety. There is nothing else like this in Greater Manchester.” 

Jennifer Anderson, MRSN coordinator

Helping one community helps us all

For every pound you give, Aviva will match it. That means supporting Stronger Roots will also pay for us to build a sustainable, weather-proof shelter. 

The shelter will make the garden more accessible, and be somewhere cosy and dry for the whole community to use, all year round.


If you can donate we’ve got some top rewards. And if you can’t, please help by spreading the word, and connect us to partners who can support Stronger Roots, and the garden, to grow.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£175 or more

1 of 50 claimed

MUD x WAWWA Limited Edition Gardener's Gilet

Limited Edition & Bespoke Gardener's Gilet co-designed by local Manchester sustainable clothing brand WAWWA and the MUD team, exclusively for the Platt Fields Market Garden / Stronger Roots crowdfunder. Lots of hoops & pockets for every gardener's need!

£10 or more

36 of 100 claimed

MUD Pin Badge

Show your support for the Diggers with your very own MUD Pin Badge.

£20 or more

64 of 100 claimed

MUD x WAWWA Limted Edition Beanie Hat

Limited Edition Beanie Hat designed by local Manchester sustainable clothing brand WAWWA with the MUD logo.

£25 or more

37 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

Exclusive A4 Print inspired by Platt Fields Market Garden by Will from Pomona Studios

£25 or more

29 of 30 claimed

Exclusive MUD branded ceramic mug by The Clay Yard

Alison Hannah from The Clay Yard, Totness is making 30 handmade stoneware mugs with the MUD logo exclusively for the Stronger Roots crowdfunder. Visit to see some of her work.

£45 or more

21 of 30 claimed

MUD Jumper by Lulu Heal

Get some MUD Merch! Exclusive MUD Jumper designed by Lulu Heal.

£60 or more

26 of 100 claimed

Exclusive Backers Party Ticket!

Exclusive entry to our Backers Party where you will be entitled to - Food from Where The Light Gets In, - DJ Set from Living Room Dance Club - and free beer!

£150 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Timber Festival 2024 Tickets

Timber Festival 2024 Tickets. 3 days of music, forests, art, ideas in the heart of the National Forest.

£250 or more

3 of 40 claimed

Sponsor a veg bed at Platt Fields Market Garden

Sponsor a veg bed at Platt Fields Market Garden for a year. Your name or companies name & logo will be engraved on a wooden plaque and on display throughout the year at the front one of our vegetable beds.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1. Pete Garner Photo

Additionally released in memoriam by photographer and good friend Sue Dean, RIP Pete. A very rare photo of original Stone Roses Bass player Pete Garner with Reni in the background. Both wearing matching shirts designed by John Squire and Pete playing a Bass also painted by John Squire.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2. Ian Brown Photo 1

Solo picture of Ian Brown circa 1983/84 wearing Squire designed shirt. See instagram post for preview

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

3. John Squire Photo

3. John Squire in shirt designed by himself. See instagram post for preview.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

4. Mani Photo

Ultra rare photo of Mani's first rehearsal with The Stone Roses at The International 1. See instagram post for preview.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

5. Reni Photo

5. Rare close up of Reni drumming shirtless drenched in sweat. See instagram post for preview

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

6. Ian Brown Photo 2

6. Early picture of Ian Brown with bleached hair in another Squire designed shirt. See Instagram post for preview.

£750 or more

1 of 2 claimed

3 night Stay at The Potters Cottage, Sedburgh

3 night stay at a lovely 4 bedroom cottage in Sedbergh near The Howgills , an easy 15 minutes walk to town centre and easy access to The Lakes and The Dales. Set in a peaceful crescent with private gardens with off road private parking for 3 cars and view of the hills. The garden room has an extra double sofa bed with private steam shower. To be arranged subject to availability.

£12 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Joanna Long Painted Kid's T-shirt

Joanna Long Painted Kid's T-shirt. All unique.

£25 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Ashby's Greengrocers Organic Veg Box

Ashby's Greengrocers Organic Veg Box delivered to your door or collect from Sale.

£30 or more

30 of 30 claimed

Caroline Dowsett PFMG Inspired T-Shirts

Caroline Dowsett Exclusive Screen Printed T-shirts, with flora/veg on the back directly inspired by the Platt Fields Market Garden.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Take a Breather 30min session

Relaxation, massage, reflexology, reki etc on a beautiful barge in Poynton. . Available as a gift voucher (Christmas is coming) or for self. Can be extended to 1 hour for an additional cost with Take A Breather

£35 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Private 1hr Yoga Session

Private 1hr yoga session with Chelsey Roberts. Focusing on any aspect of yoga you like, or leaving it up to Chels. Available for yourself or can be given as a gift for Christmas.

£45 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Caroline Dowsett Exclusive Print

Caroline Dowsett Exclusive A3 Gliclee Prints inspired by Platt Fields Market Garden

£47 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The Black Cat Cakery Cake

A 10" vegan carrot walnut and ginger cake from The Black Cat Cakery

£50 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Ceramics by Liam Curtin

A unique opportunity to own a piece of work by our friend Manchester Artist & ceramicist Liam Curtin. Each piece is one of a kind.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Ceramic Bowl by Joe Hartley

A bespoke bowl designed & made by our friend Manchester Artist & ceramicist Joe Hartley.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Companion Flower Studio Large Bouquet

A large bouquet of flowers by Lulu Heal's Companion Flower Studio using flowers grown at Platt Fields Market Garden.

£65 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Cake by Long Bois Bakery

Celebration Cake by Long Bois Bakery of Levenshulme - Flavour & Style of your choice!

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Free coffee for a year from GroundedMCR

1 free coffee/ any drink a week from our pals GroundedMCR for a whole year!

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

Outdoor Photoshoot at Platt Fields Market Garden by professional photographer Obat

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A meal for 2 at Where The Light Gets In

A meal for 2 at the 4 Rosette awarded Stockport restaurant Where The Light Gets In.

£350 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Exclusive Caroline Dowsett Original painitng

A3 canvas or wooden board original painting inspired by PFMG worth £400

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Nature Friendly Garden Design by MUD

An exclusive chance to get your garden designed by the MUD Team. MUD are winners of Silver Gilt at the RHS Tatton flower show 2022, featured on Gardeners World 2023 and winners of RHS Britain In Bloom discretionary award for the "Pride Of Manchester". We specialise in food production & biodiversity in urban environments.

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