Northern Roots News Spring 2021


Board of Directors

Northern Roots is delighted to announce its first Board of Directors. Northern Roots (Oldham) Ltd has been established as a charitable company and is in the process of registering as a charity. Over time, the Northern Roots charity will increasingly take over the management of the Northern Roots project from Oldham Council. Chaired by Councillor Abdul Jabbar, the Directors will provide leadership to the Northern Roots charity, helping to ensure that it delivers its charitable objects.


We are now looking to appoint three additional Directors who live, work or study in Oldham or the surrounding area, and actively encourage applications from female, diverse, disabled and younger candidates. Find out more and apply by Monday 5th April.


Northern Roots Consultation

Northern Roots consultation is live! This phase of consultation explores the potential for sport, growing, learning and leisure and will help inform a planning application for the 160-acre Northern Roots site. What activities and businesses would you like to experience or operate on the site? How should the project benefit people and communities in Oldham? Share your ideas and help shape Northern Roots.

Community Food Growing Project

Northern Roots has teamed up with Alexandra Park Growing Hub to create a new Community Food Growing Project on the Northern Roots site. Local volunteers are developing a small-scale market garden, growing fresh fruit and veg that will be distributed to families and communities in need across Oldham. With strawberries, garlic and gooseberries already planted, the project is in full swing.


Green Recovery Challenge Fund 2021

Northern Roots is delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Oldham resident Alan Price as Northern Roots Landscape Manager. In a new role funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Alan will lead on a programme of works to aid nature recovery on the 160-acre Northern Roots site, overseeing the creation of new wetlands and woodland, and management of existing meadow habitat.

In the coming months Northern Roots will create a range of opportunities for you to get involved in, from Environmental volunteering to Citizen Science projects. Keep an eye on Northern Roots’ social media for updates.


Creative Writing Competition

Back in autumn 2020 Northern Roots teamed up with Oldham Libraries, and local business sponsors Remedian IT, Oldham Community Leisure and Ultimate Products, to launch the first ever Northern Roots Creative Writing Competition. The winners of the Creative Writing Competition are Aleena Hussain, Gabriella Petrillo and Donna Smith!

Find out more and read their winning entries at


Discover Northern Roots

Want to find out more about our plans for carbon, biodiversity and green energy on the 160-acre Northern Roots site?

You can find out more about the vision for Northern Roots here:

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Northern Roots Social

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"Northern Roots has the potential to transform the way we think about urban green space, not just in Greater Manchester but globally" Councillor Abdul Jabbar, MBE