Manor Gardens is a success story; the community volunteers group, who manages Manor Gardens project, has transformed a grot spot, a target for fly tippers, waste dumpers and drug addicts, into a community growing garden with fruit trees garden, vegetables/herbs growing facilities, DIY-workshop (planned) and social activities for the benefit of the local community. 

Projects at Manor Gardens are basically local neighbourhood work projects, they are planned and executed at the local community level, the fruits of which are delivered as benefits for the individual community members and local community which we consider as the reward for our volunteers’ dedicated work. 

Manor Gardens is such a project, with diverse groups, where members participate on growing activities based on the principle of organic community gardening. The project is run by the Hamm-Damm Foundation at Manor Gardens site in Batley, it is about healthy living, learning skills and bringing different groups together and overcome the often invisible and self-erected barrier of segregation. The Hamm-Damm Foundation is planning more projects in this category, such as families get-together, projects in partnership with children’s’ centre and local groups of school children, women, older people, faith groups such as Church and Mosque groups as well as disabled people’s group (with special raised-beds). For each of these groups, a growing plot with raised-bed is reserved where they can practice organic food-growing. 

Ongoing/Future Improvements

Category Sub-category Task Status
Infrastructure Path building Build solid main paths Ongoing
Build solid sub-paths Ongoing
Fencing Build fencing on 3 sides Ongoing
Add security paints Future
Surveillance Add CCTV cameras Future
Add audio alarm system Future
Basic facilities

Introduce dedicated water connection


Add a sewage connection


Add a shed with toilet cabins

Functional Facilities Front office & shop window

Add furniture


Add a small kitchen


Add heating/cooling system


Add computer systems


Install broadband

Energy supply

Add electrical connection


Introduce solar panels

Additional water system Add rainwater collection system Ongoing
Install a boar-well and/or tube well Future
Water storage and tank system Ongoing
DIY workshop shed Build an extra suitable shed Future
Add required furniture Future
Set up equipment (partly donated) Future
Electrical installation Future
Add heating/cooling system Future
Storage Build tools store Future
Build storage area for DIY made objects Future
Build harvested crops store with cooling system Future
Meetings/courses shed Add furnitire Future
Add screen, projector and sound system Future
Add heating/cooling system Future
Polytunnel enhancements Add heating/cooling system Future
Add irrigation system Future
Raised beds and plant protection Create outdoor raised-beds Ongoing
Develop outdoor raised bed plant protection Ongoing
Add additional raised beds in polytunnels Future
Outdoor raised beds irrigation system Future
Battery-driven Tractor Purchase a small battery-driven tractor Future