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Incredible Edible take on community asset

by Guy Murphy

Incredible Edible Knowsley is the latest organisation to benefit from Knowsley Council’s Community Asset Transfer Scheme, which is aimed at encouraging community groups and organisations to take ownership of local facilities and run them for the benefit of local residents.

The transfer includes the walled garden area of Court Hey Park through a 27 year lease and management agreement.

Incredible Edible Knowsley is a well-established community organisation with a successful track record of supporting people to take part in volunteering opportunities focused on learning how to grow their own food but also providing a holistic approach to connecting with nature.

They also provide opportunities to meet other people, address social isolation and a food club also operates from the Court Hey Park site, giving the local community an opportunity to buy fresh fruit and vegetables grown on site as well as other groceries for a fraction of the cost in the supermarkets.

The organisation has been based at Court Hey Park since 2019, and their service is utilised and highly regarded by park users, the wider community and other partner organisations.

The Walled Garden Area of Court Hey Park is an area of the site with historic links to growing food, making Incredible Edible Knowsley a suitable organisation to take this area of the wider site forward.

This also aligns with the emerging Court Hey Park masterplan, an ambitious, transformative plan developed in consultation with local residents in 2023 and which will see the former National Wildflower Centre building on site demolished.

Andrew Donaldson, Executive Director for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said “I’m delighted to support the transfer of the walled garden area at Court Hey Park to Incredible Edible Knowsley, who are doing great work to support residents with volunteering opportunities, learning new skills, developing their confidence and addressing the important issue of social isolation. I look forward to seeing how they develop the site and expand their offer for the benefit of the local community.”

Karen Mower from Incredible Edible added “Our aim is to ensure our communities have access to activities, support and opportunities that will help them to learn new skills, develop their confidence as well as addressing social isolation. Through the ownership of the walled garden area at Court Hey Park, we will continue to ensure that our support and activities are aligned to their needs and we look forward to continuing to expand our offer, working alongside our communities.”Staff load items onto shelves

Community action day

Incredible Edible has organised a Community Action Day which will take place on Tuesday 18 June 2024 at Court Hey Park.

A time capsule will be buried so if you have a photo and message to share with future generations, please come along from 9.30am. The time capsule will be buried at 11am and then the community action day will follow.

If you can spare some time and want to improve your local area, come along. From weeding, planting and painting through to shed building, guttering the poly tunnels and clean-ups, there’s lots to do and food and refreshments will also be provided.