In the spirit of all things spring-time, I took a trip to BUD, the garden centre in Burnage last weekend. Not before time, too as a number of you have pointed it out to me and it really is quite fantastic. Rather typically though I forgot to take my camera with me so you’ll have to content yourself with the photos on their very natty website for now (unless any readers have any photos they’d like us to add?).
The centre itself is in Omer Drive, just off the Kingsway (and more or less opposite a certain national, much-less-friendly DIY and gardening centre), so *technically* it’s in Burnage but it’s an M19 postcode and, more importantly it’s very pretty, so I’m claiming it for Levenshulme. It’s run by Brenda and Severine who met in 2009 while working at a Manchester community garden project and decided to put their interest in the environmental impact of gardening and all things organic into building a business together.
They aim to provide quality plants in a sustainable way, encouraging creative planting and dealing with customers and suppliers fairly. They also source as many of their plants as possible locally and are seeking local gardeners to supply plants grown peat-free. The centre is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays except bank holidays from 10.00am – 5.00pm and they can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07505 403 422.