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The Manchester Museum allotment in September 2011: not all nature in the museum is dead.

Spending a big chunk of time abroad this summer made me realise that one of my biggest regrets about living where I do is not having a garden or balcony. The Manchester Museum allotment, which I managed to take a closer look at on the weekend, before it closes later this autumn, is not your typical Schrebergarten, but a nice spot of nature in the city nonetheless. It was set up in spring alongside the new Living Worlds display, which replaced the Mammals Gallery on the Museum’s first floor. Roughly speaking, the refurbishment was about substituting taxonomy for ecology. Having said that, perusing the plants, herbs, fruit and veg growing on the allotment, I thought some basic taxonomy wouldn’t hurt: I couldn’t even name half of them.

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