Incredible Edible Didcot in the Herald

Our Incredible Edible efforts in the centre of Didcot on Sunday have made the news! We’re on page 3 of the Didcot Herald. If you’re not local enough to get your hands on a paper copy, you can read it online if you click the pic. I wouldn’t say what we did was guerilla gardening exactly – we had permission! – but it’s good to see the word going out (and I’m glad it has rained a couple of times since Sunday to water the plants).

Community projects like these are made much easier by business sponsorship – our new herb planters were supported by Go Green Taxis, who are keen to continue supporting our ongoing efforts.

Volunteers restoring a walled garden

Futher north, in Scotland, a derelict historic garden is going to be restored thanks to volunteers from J.P. Morgan. The walled garden is at Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian. This listed garden produced fruits and vegetables by and for veterans supported by the charity and was a thriving part of the local community of Kirknewton, but it fell into disrepair as the charity efforts focused on expanding their support for military veterans across Scotland.

Over the next two years, volunteers from J.P.Morgan will join forces with the Cyrenians charity and Scottish War Blinded, to transform the overgrown state into a serene outdoor space for military veterans who have lost some or all of their sight.

The walled garden will also become a valued part of the Cyrenians network of community growers, contributing produce for sale in veg-bags. This initiative supports the Cyrenians Farm enterprise project based in nearby Kirknewton, a community for young people with a background or risk of homelessness. The veg-bag scheme is being rolled out across Edinburgh, and enables Cyrenians to work with the vulnerable and excluded.

Volunteers restoring a walled vegetable garden

Ewan Aitken, CEO of Cyrenians said:

This is a unique collaboration between the private sector and two charities coming together to create something very special. Not only will the fruits of the volunteers’ labour go towards supporting the work of Cyrenians, but the veterans at the Linburn Centre will have a beautiful growing space for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors along with the staff from J.P. Morgan.

As you can see, they’ve got their work cut out! But it’s lovely to see a garden being restored to veg production and hopefully in 2 years’ time the photos will look very different 🙂

The images of the smiling volunteers hard at work were supplied by Scottish War Blinded.