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An INCREDIBLE gift to the community

by Emily Maguire

 Local growing charity, Incredible Edible Knowsley, have leapt into action during the Coronavirus outbreak to make thousands of vegetable plant seedlings available to the community for free.  This is just one example of where our Knowsley Better Together campaign is making a huge difference.

Initially, the seedlings were destined for growing projects across the borough, including Incredible Edible Knowsley’s community gardens at Craig’s Community Centre in Stockbridge Village, King George V Playing Fields in Huyton, Huyton Resource Centre and Activate Base in Kirkby.

However, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, Karen Mower, Director of Incredible Edible Knowsley and her team of volunteers have had to rethink how these tiny shoots will fulfil their potential.

Working with a vastly reduced number of volunteers in order to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines the team are working hard to pot more than 700 lettuce, 200 tomato plants, 400 cauliflower along with beans, peas and onions for the community to plant at home and they are currently working on planting another huge batch of seeds which should be ready to distribute in a further two weeks’ time.

Karen said: “With so many people stuck at home there’s no better time to grow. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a complete novice, we want you to know that you can grow your own food easily and without specialist equipment or the need for much space.

“We’ve had an unbelievable response from the community since we announced we were making these plants available and we’d ask people who are interested in taking some seedlings to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information about how and where they can collect these from.”

Conscious of social distancing guidance, the team are looking to distribute the seedlings safely, either through partnerships with organisations who have existing pick up points or through self-serve collection points at the Court Hey Park Hub.

The team are also running low on compost and appeal to anyone who knows where they can buy some more or know of any organisations who can donate to get in touch with Karen at karen.mower@knowsleycommunityhub.co.uk

Councillor Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “At a time of national crisis such as this, it’s heart-warming to see local organisations such as Incredible Edible Knowsley thinking about how they can support our community through these difficult times.

“Incredible Edible’s ethos of nurturing a community interest in growing food, improving health though teaching how to prepare and cook vegetables, as well as eradicating food poverty through distribution of food grown in community gardens, is inspiring under normal circumstances,  but under present conditions is more valuable than ever before.”