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Incredible Edible among recipients of £185,000 Council funding

by Jonathan Kearney

Fourteen community projects from across Knowsley recently benefited from over £185,000 of funding from Knowsley Council.

Voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups from the borough received the funding following approval from the Council’s Cabinet.

The funding has been allocated to help improve the lives of Knowsley residents, as part of the Knowsley Better Together initiative – bringing people and organisations together to pool ideas, resources and expertise for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents.

The funding will benefit people of all ages in the borough, offering diversionary activities, improving employment prospects, tackling social isolation and improving the local environment.

Nine Knowsley projects will benefit from over £87,000 from the Council’s 2019/20 Community Fund, while a further five projects will benefit from just under £100,000 from the Council Community Empowerment Fund 2020/21.

One recipient of the funding is Incredible Edible, who received £19,900 from the Community Empowerment Fund.

Incredible Edible moved onto the site of the former National Wildflower Centre in Court Hey Park in 2019 and have made huge strides in transforming the site in that time.

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

Incredible Edible work with a host of other organisations across the region to help reduce food poverty, reduce isolation and loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, improve the environment and educate people about food.

Incredible Edible is working with Knowsley-based charity The Big Help Project to establish a community food club on-site. Other initiatives include setting up an outdoor kitchen to host community food workshops.

The Council’s financial support will help fund a Horticultural Project Co-ordinator to oversee the expansion of their project aims across Knowsley.

Karen Mower, Director of Incredible Edible, said: “This funding will keep us going. Without support like this we wouldn’t be able to put so much back into the community. Although coronavirus has stalled some of our plans we want to continue to grow and help as many people as possible. We’ve had so much support from the Council and other organisations to help us transform this space and we want to continue to have a positive role in the community for many years to come.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “From food banks to schools, Incredible Edible already benefit so many different groups in our community. Karen and the team have shown tremendous dedication to establish such a fantastic community asset in such a short space of time and they have the potential and ambition to deliver so much more for Knowsley residents in the future. I’m delighted we’ve been able to support them and keep the project moving forward.”

If you would like to volunteer to help or donate to Incredible Edible you can contact Karen Mower on karen.mower@knowsleycommunityhub.co.uk.