The Northern Roots Project is an exciting opportunity for both Oldham and Greater
Manchester and has become possible due to the work and achievements of the last six
years of the co-operative agenda, working with communities and both celebrating and
harnessing all the Borough has to offer as a green and growing town.
It will help make real and tangible the ambitions of the Oldham Plan for an inclusive economy, thriving communities and co-operative services; helping create great opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors.
Over the past six years, and as a tangible part of the co-operative borough ambition, community growing, horticulture skills and training, renewable energy and the local food economy have been developing. This is through a series of linked initiatives including Get Oldham Working, Get Oldham Growing, Growing Oldham, Feeding Ambition, Oldham Community Power and more recently the work on Thriving Communities.
Building on our strengths and previous work, we have launched our ambitious Northern Roots project at Alexandra Park. Alexandra Park is one of Oldham’s greatest asset, with existing facilities and is a great opportunity to provide a place for a wide range of activities, enterprises and community engagement.
The redeveloped Alexandra Park, combined with our Northern Roots presents a significant opportunity to work with local communities to investigate ways that we can celebrate, protect and enhance our green spaces for the benefit of local people, the local economy and the planet.
This can be a positive new vehicle for change in Oldham and has the potential to be a powerful brand, pulling together existing and developing new initiatives around food, growing, sustainability and wellbeing in the borough, as well enabling community engagement on opportunities and sites across the Borough.
Northern Roots has the potential to further establish Oldham as a green and growing city. Known for its environment, leading on sustainability, food economy and natural capital it will support the delivery of the Oldham Model supporting an inclusive economy, thriving communities and co-operative workforce.