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Fun gardening activities at free Salford festival aims to get more local people green fingered

Salford’s free family festival We Invented The Weekend will host a series of gardening talks, growing competitions and green activities for all

We Invented the Weekend is a bold, new and imaginative free festival taking place in Salford, on Sat 10 and Sun 11 September. It is a chance to celebrate the invention of the weekend, a world changing moment that, believe it or not, began in Greater Manchester in 1843.

This brand-new event for all will see tens of thousands of people celebrate the joy of free time with a glorious mix of creative activities including gardening, music, performance, fashion, sport, play and more taking place across all of MediaCity and Salford Quays’ spaces.

RHS Garden Bridgewater are delighted to team up with the festival and other organisations from across the region to present We Get Green, a programme of talks, fun competitions and activities throughout the festival for aspiring gardeners of all abilities and ages. As the UK’s leading gardening charity, the RHS aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants, make the UK a greener and more beautiful place and inspire everyone to grow.

Have you grown a comedy carrot? Reckon your balcony berries are the biggest? Got a supersized marrow that the world needs to see? The Show Us Your Veg competition will celebrate the wonderful (and maybe weird) produce grown by local allotmenteers and home growers of Salford.

Lee Burkhill AKA Garden Ninja

If you’re new to gardening, designer Lee Burkhill, aka Garden Ninja, will give you the basics of where to start with your first garden in terms of design and planning. And high-rise gardener Jason Williams (better known as The Cloud Gardener) will host a talk about growing on balconies and how we can green up our towns and cities.

Families can enjoy some hilarious horticultural antics from The Bread and Butter Theatre Company who will be performing throughout the festival. These green-fingered folk will be hard to miss, found near the RHS tent or wandering around with their wheelbarrows.

RHS Garden Bridgewater will also be offering Kokedama-making sessions so visitors of all ages can get hands-on and learn how to create a Japanese style hanging moss ball, a simple yet elegant form of living garden art.

Jason Williams AKA The Cloud Gardener

Further highlights

Flower Power – Valley Community Garden

Make a flower basket to take home with volunteers from Swinton’s Valley Community Garden

Veg Tombola – Walk The Plank

Roll up roll up…Try your hand at Walk the Plank’s fruit and veg tombola and other vegetable related games and activities: every spud’s a winner!

Talk: The Grass can be Greener in Salford

New research by the Centre for Thriving Places has crowned Salford the ‘greenest place to live in England and Wales’. This accolade sounds powerful – and reflects Salford’s strengths in energy efficient building, access to nature and low carbon emissions – but that doesn’t mean it translates to quality of life, with the district remaining one of the most deprived in England. Host Mimi Swaby, BBC World Service, and panellists Joanne Holden, Peel L&P, Paul Denett, Salford City Mayor and Alisha Morenkie Fisher, Migrant’s Bureau, discuss how a green city can be a more equal city too – can enlightened urban design simultaneously address both the climate crisis and the housing crisis?

Litter Pickers & Picnic – Salford Litter Heroes and Eccles Cakes WI

Join a group litter pick along Imperial Point lead by Salford Litter Heroes and enjoy cake and a brew made by Eccles Cakes WI

The Charity Super.Mkt

RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch, Oakwood Academy Sixth Form, Barnardos Retail and Cancer Research UK join forces to take charity fashion to the next level, ready for a new generation of sustainable shoppers. The Charity Super.Mkt is a new market for social and environmental good, where you can shop the best of charity retail all in one place.

Festival Walking Route

Join Greater Manchester Walking for a preview of the Greater Manchester Ringway Walk

Ready, Steady, Save – In Our Nature Mcr

This new installation by In Our Nature has been designed to help you eat, shop and cook better for your pockets and the planet. The interactive supermarket and kitchen is packed full of games, useful tips to help you save money and make the most of your food, and a giant wheel to spin for the chance of free prizes!

All activities are free – so come along and celebrate this quintessential weekend activity.

To find out more about the festival and ‘We Get Green’, please visit

Follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #WeInventedTheWeekend.

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