20 February 2013

Incredible Edible Hoylake Prepares for Another Season of Sharing

By Colin Bailey

Residents and visitors to Hoylake will have noticed planters with placards encouraging you to pick the produce when it is ripe, popping up all over the place.

This is a project inspired by the example of community gardening pioneered in Todmorden and implemented in the CH47 district by Sally Scott and Rose Chandler, secretary of Hoylake Allotments.

Incredible-Edible-Hoylake aims to utilise unused patches of land to cultivate crops that will be able to feed members of the local community. The small community group are passionate about gardening and the benefits of food grown naturally away from the intensive techniques that supply our supermarket shelves.

Sally and Rose are keen to stress that you do not need to be a green fingered guru to join in the fun in Hoylake, all members of the community are welcome regardless of expertise. Not good with growing ? There is still room for you to help build the planters.

Esther McVey, Wirral West MP, avid supporter of the scheme has stated, "It’s a simple concept and yet a daringly ambitious one too, attempting to get the community engaged in growing its own food and living off fresh home grown produce, so linking the community, across all ages, by speaking the common language of food and sustainability"

Incredible Edible Hoylake may not be the largest example of guerrilla gardening in the region, however it is refreshing to see communities, not motivated by profit, coming together with a common aim.

To get in touch email Sally and Rose on incrededhoylake@gmail.com.

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