I was pleased to today to hear that the Incredible-Edible scheme has come to my hometown of Caldicot, Monmouthshire.
The Incredible-Edible scheme is a network organisation across the UK where groups of people take on small areas on land in urban areas and use them to grow vegetables. Where I live they have one right in the town centre stocked up with lovely, fresh vegetables and fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, thyme, lettuces and more! What’s even better is that you are welcome to pick yourself a sensible amount should you need it!
The patch that they have here is just outside of Waitrose which is an ideal location because I don’t have a good enough credit rating to be able to buy sage from Waitrose but I can simply pick a bit from the Incredible-Edible Scheme’s urban allotment.
I think this idea is fantastic and I hope that more towns in the UK will adopt it. It’s a chance for us to stop pouring money into supermarkets for something that we can quite easily and cheaply grow. With planting vegetables you bond with people, you can teach your children so many things through planting and growing plants. It tastes nicer, not just because it’s fresh but also because you grew it. Everything tastes nicer when you grow it, everything.
I really am happy that there is a group here and I’m happy that our local council have given them the opportunity to use some of the space that is currently going to waste.
If you would like to find out more about the scheme (on a UK basis) here is the link: http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/
If you’d like to find out more about the Caldicot scheme, you can do here.
I would love to hear your comments as well on this scheme and if you are already part of one I would love to find out more. Feel free to comment, email or Tweet the Shonk if you would like to get in touch.
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