The ‘Incredible Edible’ initiative in Chester was inspired by the efforts of two wonderful ladies from Todmorden, Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear.
Together they established ‘Incredible Edible Todmorden‘ a guerilla gardening movement that utilised under used public space to grow vegetables for local people to harvest and eat.
This creative idea has now grown into over 100 projects around the UK, over 700 projects worldwide, two spin-off Social Enterprise Companies and still, after thirteen years, Incredible Edible Todmorden grows and thrives.
Incredible Edible in Chester
In 2013, volunteers from Transition Chester worked with Cheshire West and Chester Council to plan and carry out some planting of donated fruit bushes in two public parks in Hoole, Alexandra Park and the Narrows Park.
With the help of local residents, including elected Councillors, some 150 fruit bushes were planted in two separate sessions with the intention that local residents living adjacent to the parks would then be involved in looking after the planted areas. in this way the plants would grow and provide fruit to those who wanted to pick them.
These still thrive today, particularl;y in the Narrows Community Park where every summer local residents can be seen harvesting blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants from the fruit bushes.
Where is Incredible Edible happening in Chester?
Have a look at the map below which shows the various initiatives across the city – some supported by Transition Chester and some by Chester & District Friends of the Earth.
Interested to start something in your area?
If anyone is interested to start something in their area do contact us via this link so that we can see how we can help and support you.
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