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Community action brings ‘Incredible’ improvements

by Cathy Sheel

An enthusiastic army of local volunteers and businesses have rolled up their sleeves to transform community growing charity Incredible Edible Knowsley’s base at Court Hey Park in Huyton.

During a number of ‘community action days’ organised by local councillors, a number of businesses donated their goods and services to bring a range of much-needed improvements to the site. Much of the work has centred on the bandstand and pavilion which have seen new electrical works and floodlighting installed, as well as new flooring and a ramp to improve disability access.

These improvements will not only improve security, but allow Incredible Edible Knowsley to welcome more people to the site during the darker winter months and enable the charity to hold events like concerts, plays and grottos.

Other works have included the completion of irrigation systems in the growing areas and improved water supplies. An outdoor bell has also been installed at the entrance gate.

Businesses and organisations involved in the action days included: Senate – plumbing, Kimptoms – carpet tiles, EBM electrical, SPIE, WINVIC Construction Ltd, MJS Joinery Ltd, KIER, Tarin Engineering, CCC Skips, Livv Housing, Knowsley Council’s Street Scene and Green Spaces teams, Merseyside Police, Fusion 21 and Huyton Lane Garage.

Karen Mower, Director of Incredible Edible Knowsley said: “It has been incredible to see the amazing contribution from all those who have come together to donate their time, goods and hard work to make a difference at our project. We are so grateful for everyone’s support which is helping Incredible Edible Knowsley become an important community hub which is open and accessible to all.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Swanside councillor and Leader of Knowsley Council said: “The Swanside and Roby councillors work closely to support our local communities and organise community action events twice a year involving local and national companies. In September we had the pleasure of supporting Incredible Edible Knowsley, Malvern Primary school and Swanside Community Centre with residents, volunteers and employees from various companies delivering painting, tree pruning, weeding, litter picking and resurfacing. We have achieved so much together saving the respective community organisations tens of thousands of pounds.”

The Incredible Edible project encourages people to come together to grow their own fruit and vegetables, eat more healthily, learn a new skill and socialise. In the longer term, the project aims to help eradicate food poverty.