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Community Day of Action at Incredible Edible

by Emily Maguire

Volunteers, businesses, and local councillors braved the snow on Friday 10 March to undertake a ‘Day of Action’ at Incredible Edible in Court Hey Park.

The community growing charity put on the day of action to prepare the site for the coming season and supporters turned out in force to tackle the long list of jobs including weeding, turning over soil, repairing woodwork and painting raised flower beds.

Representatives from HA Civils, Explore Partnership and Merseyside Police joined Incredible Edible’s volunteers and Roby and Swanside ward Councillors on site to get their hands dirty and get the site ready for spring planting and the High Sherriff of Merseyside, Lesley Martin-Wright attended to recognise Incredible Edible for their contribution to the local community.

Incredible Edible have been based at Court Hey Park since 2019, the charity gives back to the community in a number of ways, both providing a place for people to come and learn more about growing their own food, supporting mental health and providing food for low income families that has been grown on site.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Incredible Edible do amazing work across Knowsley, both in supporting the most vulnerable our communities with food in the grip of a cost of living crisis, as well as providing a place for people to come and spend their time, making new friends and making a difference in their own community.

“It’s always a joy to be part of these days of action, helping to move the project on and seeing the huge benefit that the volunteers, our partners and businesses can bring to the charity. It’s a great example of Knowsley working better together.”

Karen Mower, Director and CEO of Incredible Edible Knowsley said: “We are so grateful to everyone for their support in maintaining and improving our site. Every change we make, every planting bed we weed, every planter we build and paint has a direct and positive impact of this community. The more we can grow, the more we can help.

“We’ve had amazing support from companies such as HA Civils, Sterling Services, Barclays Bank, Tarmac and Merseyside Police, to name just a few and we are so grateful for their continued involvement.”

Incredible Edible is a national growing initiative with more than 150 groups across the UK with the aim of helping people to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables and sharing food grown with the community in order to eradicate food poverty.