The Northern Roots Story
Northern Roots is a pioneering project which will create the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160 acres of stunning green space in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Through its award-winning parks and Growing Hubs, Oldham Community Power and projects like Get Oldham Growing Oldham has become a beacon for community growing, local food production, horticulture training, renewable energy, and urban biodiversity. With initial support from Oldham Council, Northern Roots is a unique opportunity to build on this expertise at an unprecedented scale.
Our aim is to develop Northern Roots in a way that creates jobs, skills and business opportunities for local people, while preserving and enhancing the biodiversity and environmental value of the site.
Northern Roots will be developed for and with local communities, creating a wide range of activities and businesses on the site. This could include growing edible crops at scale, animal husbandry and bee-keeping, forestry, mountain biking, outdoor events and performances, amongst other opportunities. The ambition is that Northern Roots will become self-financing in the longer term through a blend of social investment, enterprise, tourism, licensing and commissioning.