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#making it better-Incredible Edible and The Secret Garden

July 16, 2015

I’m coming to the end of my mini-series inspired by my weekend at the Big Lunch Extras Swindon Roadshow, and today it’s all about community gardens and gardening!

The people of Swindon are lucky enough to not only have an active Incredible Edibles project running across the town, and also an amazing Community Garden, in the form of The Secret Garden.

If you haven’t heard of Incredible Edibles, then I would implore you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch this fabulous TED talk from Pam Warhurst:

Incredible Edible projects aim to create growing spaces anywhere, from pots outside shops, to planting whole orchards. And the produce is there, free, for anyone to help themselves to!
If you think this all sounds pretty awesome, you can see if you have a group local to you by searching here, and if there isn’t one, then you find out how to start one here!

The the growers of Swindon can also get their hands dirty, and get their hands on some amazing veg, at The Secret Garden!
Tucked away in the easter part of Queen’s Park in Swindon, this really is a very special place indeed.

Incredible Edible RS2
Local people joined together to take on a derelict part of the park, and with the help of some Lottery funding, they have turned it into a fabulous space, with veg beds, a wild garden, a sensory garden and lots more. It’s a brilliant project, and if you are in/around Swindon, do pay it a visit. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can contact them via their Facebook page.

Does anyone have an Incredible Edible project in their town? Or a community garden?

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5 Comments

  • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogsp July 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I visited Todmorden when I was in that part of the country seeing family, to see their Incredible Edible project, it’s so exciting! I want something like that here, but there’s nothing so far…

    • Reply Jen Gale July 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I’d love to visit Todmarden Susie-you lucky thing!
      Would you ever start a group yourself? It looks like there is lots of info and support on the Incredible Edible site 🙂

      • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogsp July 16, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        I’m not so good at being a leader/in charge of something, I keep hoping someone else will set something up, cos I’m a great joiner-in-er!

  • Reply Kate Harrison July 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Some people in our village have allowed some of their spare land to used as allotments. It’ means people can grow without having to have full sized allotments.

    • Reply Jen Gale July 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      What a great idea Kate!

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