Edible garden project aims to bloom

Michael Brannigan works with children on the Incredible Edibles project.
Michael Brannigan works with children on the Incredible Edibles project.

A gardener bringing edible community gardens to Whitley Bay is hoping to see the project blossom.

Michael Brannigan is working with volunteers from Whitley Bay Big Local to transform disused small pieces of land in to edible gardens as part of the Incredible Edibles project.

It’s a great project for anyone in the community to help themselves enjoy healthy, home grown food and make new friends along the way

Michael Brannigan

The professional gardener received a grant from the Big Local’s Small Sparks Fund to buy plants and materials, and is encouraging local people to get involved.

Already three edible plots have been created around Whitley Bay Metro station, with a rolling programme of workshops helping those who want to get involved.

Michael said: “The support to date has been really encouraging and people who have never volunteered before are getting involved. Whitley Bay is such a vibrant town with so many committed residents that I’m confident that Incredible Edibles will take off.”

“It’s a great project for anyone in the community to help themselves enjoy healthy, home grown food and make new friends along the way.”

He added: “Incredible Edibles was initially formed by a group of residents in a small West Yorkshire town who wanted to launch a community project that would bring residents from all walks of life together to help improve their community.

“They decided that food was the answer as everyone understands it and could get involved.

“Incredible Edibles began as something very small in Todmordon, today it is a key part of the community with so many local people, organisations and businesses involved.

“It started out with small herb patches but nowadays all local schools are involved and private landowners and businesses have offered up land to create edible plots.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We’re delighted to be to working closely with the Whitley Bay Big Local to support this really positive and creative project.

“The Incredible Edibles concept is a fantastic way of bringing the community together in a really purposeful way and I can’t wait to see the results.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Incredible Edibles or how they can involved should email incredible.edible.wbay@gmail.com or attendto a family learning session planned for Monday, August 17, from 11am to noon.

A further information workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, from 6pm to 7.30pm. Anyone interested in attending should meet at Whitley Bay Metro station.

Further information on how to apply for a Small Sparks grant is available at www.whitleybaybiglocal.co.uk