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Weekly Blog 17.06.22

This week 9 of our students have been taking part in a work experience project with ‘Roots of Opportunity, which is a Government project for Oldham communities through the green economy, business development and creative arts initiatives.

The project aims to empower young people to think about their future career options and connect them with the opportunities in the green economy.

Information about Northern Roots:

Northern Roots Vision Statement: Harnessing urban green space to benefit people, planet and place.

Northern Roots Mission Statement: Transforming 160 acres of green space into a destination for learning, leisure and growing to benefit the environment, and improve health, wellbeing and livelihoods.

Northern Roots is creating the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park on 160 acres of neglected, underused green space in the heart of Oldham. Northern Roots is being developed for and with local communities, and creating a wide range of activities and businesses on the site, including:

• New leisure opportunities – cycling, walking, football, horse riding, pond dipping, swimming, camping, festivals and performances.

• Growing and farming initiatives – growing crops at scale, community growing hubs, forestry, animal husbandry and beekeeping.

• Nature based education activities – conservation actions, biodiversity enhancements, tree-planting, and forest schools.

For more information see our short video and explore our website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0DrIIRO0s8&t=63s


Umer, Subhan, Junior, Ben. Suhab, Kyle, Pradeep, Krishnan and Daniel have been an absolute credit to the Learning Centre, and here’s a report from Mr Blackman on what they have been up to throughout the week…

“On Tuesday, the lads made a scarecrow to look after some crops…”

“Wednesday began with a monster litter pick with the team smashing all previous picks records collecting a huge amount of litter from one of the walks. Brilliant team work yet again!”

“On Thursday morning we had a tour of the site with Mr Blackman telling the Northern Roots team what used to be on the site many years ago when he used to play there. In the afternoon we made flatbread pizzas on an open fire and they were lovely.”

“On Friday the lads were an absolute dream to work alongside and not one bit of moaning the whole week and everyone did their bit and worked as a team. Thanks lads, it was a pleasure working with you!”


Well done to everyone Involved, very proud of you all, especially over the last couple of days when it’s been so hot!

All the students that have participated will receive an AQA accredited certificate!

Mr Blackman will be sharing some more photographs next week and news about the gift all students received as a thank you!

Have a great weekend

Take care



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