Breaking New Ground project

Ordsall Hall has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver an exciting new project, Breaking New Ground.

The project will work with volunteers to commemorate Salford's pioneering wartime allotments by recreating such an allotment in the Hall's gardens. It will also support allotment-holders, schools and communities across Salford in growing rare wartime vegetable varieties for cooking and for seed saving.

There are various ways you can be involved:

  • Seed Guardian - help to save the seed from heritage vegetables that would have been grown during the war. This is important work which will increase stocks at the Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library.
  • Allotmenteer - dig in a spade and help to bring the allotment to life on the ground of Ordsall Hall.
  • Heritage Re-enactor - help to bring life of the allotment alive to the visiting public and school children.

To find out how you can be involved please contact us on 0161 872 0251 or email

Appeal for information and memories

If you remember or know anyone else who might recall allotments at Ordsall Hall during either the First or Second World Wars please get in touch!

We are also keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering in the gardens. For further information contact us on 0161 872 0251 or email