30th July 2012
One of SLH’s big projects is to start an Incredible Edible project – inspired by the amazing work of the project of that name in Todmorden. We had a fantastic talk by one of their founders (here’s a report of that). In a nutshell – it aims to get people involved in growing (and eating) food grown locally in under-used bits of land. We thought long and hard about where we should start as the beds are intended as ‘propaganda beds’ – getting people talking about the project.
We’ve ended up with a 3 x 2m, 60cm high raised bed placed on a patch of gravel at the base of the tree next to the bench in front of the Moor Top Co-op. Shops and local Councillors were consulted and the location chosen for its high visibility. Over a dozen local people (or all ages worked for a whole weekend to do this – sawing, carting wheel-barrows of soil – and planted a variety of herbs that can be picked by local people once they are ready. Our team was just amazing – drawn from SLH regulars, Friends of Heaton Chapel Station and residents of Hawthorne Grove and Carlton Road.
The raised bed is intended as the start of SLH’s local food growing project which intends to educate and involve residents in growing local food which will be made available to anyone who wants to pick it. There are plans underway to make more raised beds on under-used land as well as planting on the former playing field of North Heatons Primary (as discussed at Area Committee). Funds will be raised and bids will be made for trees from the Woodlands Trust.