Month of activities to encourage people to grow their own

Green-fingered volunteers in Whitley Bay are holding a month of activities to encourage more people to grow their own food.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 9:24 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:03 am
The Incredible Edibles team at work.

Food growers and gardeners from Whitley Park, the Station Masters Garden and Incredible Edibles are organising a series of community events in March.

Brought together through Whitley Bay Big Local, the community groups will be pooling their resources and sharing their expertise to create The Green Shoots Network.

On Sunday, The Station Masters Garden will open its doors to the Incredible Edibles team for a fruit-growing workshop – the first of four planned events in the month

The free to attend, family-friendly, interactive sessions will take place between 10am and 2pm and will offer advice on how to plant, grow and crop fruit plants and the organisers will offer a free strawberry plant to attendees.

Michael Brannigan, part of the Incredible Edibles team, said: “These sessions have been designed to be fun for all the family and people needn’t worry if they’ve never planted a thing in their life, we will be on hand to show you how.

“There are a number of green-fingered volunteer groups in and around the town and thanks to the support of Whitley Bay Big Local we have all come together as the Green Shoots Network.

“Incredible Edibles is all about bringing the local community together to grow food we can eat.”

The second event is a fun filled day at Whitley Park on March 12.

Members of the community are invited to come and help plant an edible hedge. They will also be planting a floral hedge to provide a natural screen between the park and the car park and the perfect environment for insects and wildlife to thrive.

Sunday, March 26, is Potato Day. People are invited to come along to The Station Masters Garden to plant a seed potato in a potato sack then take it home and watch it grow. You can also make a potato print to take home, to remind you to water your plant.

Also on Sunday, March 26, the volunteers will be holding an apple budding and grafting workshop, ideal for anyone looking to produce edible apples.

For further information about all the gardening events taking place in Whitley Bay throughout March or to find out more about volunteering with one of the community groups visit Face book @whitleybaybiglocal.

You can also sign up for Facebook information about park events with the Friends of Whitley Park.