The (purple) rain didn't stop Hulme holding their Prince garden party

This Saturday Hulme community garden centre held a purple garden party as part of our Prince solar fundraiser. The (purple) rain poured, but loads of people came anyway to celebrate all things naturally purple.

They baked purple pizzas in their own cob oven with beetroot and purple flowers from the garden. All the pizzas were vegan - satisfied eaters said it was the best cheese they’d ever tasted! In Prince’s honour they called the pizzas Half a Cherry Moon.


When the rain cleared, they headed outside and created a giant version of Prince’s iconic Love Symbol using leaves and other bits from the garden.

The garden party ran at the same time as Brighton’s 24 hour table tennis marathon. The gang at Hulme showed their support by putting an upcycled ping pong table in one of their polytunnels and having a go at some purple ping pong.

One of the people who joined the fun had never been to the garden before, but when he saw there was a Prince party happening, he had to come.

I’ve been a Prince fan all of my life, since I was 12 years old. It was very sad when he passed away last year but the man was a bit of a genius and a bit of a community supporter. And what he did with regards to renewable energy and paying off people’s debts and all these exciting things... I just thought I couldn’t miss it today.

We’re fundraising for solar for six community groups fighting for a better world - including Hulme community garden centre. They already have pretty good green credentials - they reuse water, don’t use pesticides and buy green electricity.

We really should be making our own electricity. So with the solar panels we’d be able to cut out carbon footprint even further and save money which as a charity is really important. And also be a demonstration site for how solar can make things better.
— Rachel Summerscales, garden centre manager

You can support Hulme garden centre - and the other groups going solar - by making a donation today.