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Invitation to get growing

by Cathy Sheel

Green fingered residents are being encouraged to get growing once again, as local growing charity Incredible Edible Knowsley is set to donate thousands of vegetable plant seedlings across the borough.

Everyone who received a donation of seedlings last year is being contacted by the charity to ask if they would like to receive another supply and to choose the type of seedlings they would like to plant.

There are many different seedlings on offer including lettuce, tomato plants, cauliflower along with beans, peas and onions. The seedlings will be delivered by Incredible Edible’s team of volunteers, who will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, from the end of March onwards.

The offer is also open to those who haven’t grown previously, but would like to get involved. For more information contact Incredible Edible Director Karen Mower at Karen.mower@knowsleycommunityhub.co.uk

Karen said: “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 had an unbelievable response from the community when we launched this offer last year and we’re sure it will be even more successful this time around.  We’ll be contacting those who were involved last year, and anyone are interested in taking some seedlings can follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information about how they can get involved.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “It’s heart-warming to see local organisations such as Incredible Edible Knowsley thinking about how they can once again 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 and a wonderful example of the benefits of Knowsley Better Together.”