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Urban Farm & Accessible Edibles

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Over the last decade the Accessible Edibles project of the Rotary Club of Rochdale has been well trialled specifically in the UK, Kenya and Bangladesh as well as many other sites around the world.  Please check our website for details. We now want to use this experience to expand the application.

Rotary Urban Farm Planters (TM)


Capture Carbon

Grow Food

Feed the World

Create employment

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U-Tube ® is made from “lay flat “polythene which is available Worldwide. Just cut a 90cm length and pass one metre of cord through it then tie the cord ends together - Job Done!

Important Note: The Polythene tube is re-recyclable there is no waste problem if managed correctly.


You have now created a very inexpensive, versatile planter made specifically for growing nutritious vegetable and fruit plants.

For more details on how and where the U-Tube ®  could be used, please click here.

A unique vertical growing system has also been developed by one of our members and has been recognised nationally and internationally as an ultra-low cost method for producing vegetables and fruit. It requires no arable land and is particularly suitable when used in arid climates. We have carried out trials in Britain, Kenya and Bangladesh with very positive results and its development marks a new phase in Rotary's progressive ideas for the modern world.


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Rochdale Rotary Club was given the 2010 National Rotary (RIBI) Rodney Huggins Environment award for innovative projects. Additionally UrbanFarm was been awarded the 2013 Colombo Plate Environmental Award.

For more information on the Urban Farm Project including how to fund and build the vertical growing system, visit the Accessible Edibles website here.

The website has been translated into Swahili by Sophia Nkatha Gitonga a member of the Rotary Club of Nithi, Kenya. The work was funded by the Diva Rotary Club of Chester, with special thanks to their member Stanley Fielding PHF - Past President of The Rotary Club of Rochdale.

Also Thank You to John Brooker PHF Member of the Middleton Rotary Club for all his support.

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