Manchester project to utilise under-used public land sees McDonald's lease site for community fruit and vegetable growing

Manchester residents are to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a piece of land leased by burger chain McDonald's.

The land, behind a McDonald's restaurant in Baguley, Manchester, will be turned into a temporary community growing area for two years. It is currently overgrown and attracts fly-tipping.

Volunteers will using funding and support from Manchester City Council, the European Union, Red Rose Forest and Groundwork. The cash will be used to buy plants, containers and tools to transform an area the size of a bowling green.

Deputy council leader Sue Murphy said: "This project is a winner from start to finish. Not only does it reduce anti-social behaviour, but it will provide a well-managed site where residents and their children will join forces to grow all types of fruit and vegetables. "

The scheme is part of a pilot project, which will be extended to other parts of the city. It aims to find a way of using under-used, council-owned sites for community uses for a specified length of time. Plant containers can be moved if the land is eventually developed.

McDonald's staff will provide water and act as the keyholders, said franchisee Jackie Anderson: "I wanted to be part of a venture that brought the whole community together. I signed a twenty-year lease for this land in 2005.

"But I don’t want to be regarded as just a business; I’d like to give something back too. It means a lot that my staff and the community can be part of a little haven. Ideally, I’d like to be able to use some of the produce from the garden in the restaurant."

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