Incredible Edible Knowsley
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) that was set up to work with the community for the community. The food we grow is free for everyone and we are inclusive to all. Our aims are to:
⦁ Reduce food poverty
⦁ Reduce isolation & loneliness
⦁ Improve health & wellbeing
⦁ Improve the environment
The idea of our project is to grow food across Knowsley in public areas with the community. We want to turn unloved patches of land into a place that can benefit the local community in so many ways. Not only does the project produce healthy food for the community but it brings communities together supporting each other and making friendships with local people.
Growing food together as a community benefits people physically, mentally, emotionally and encourages healthy eating. If someone has grown their own vegetables from a seedling, they are more likely to want to eat that veg. This encourages young people to try out new fresh and healthy foods and saves adults money on their shopping bills. The majority of us have to budget and we may see certain fruits and vegetables as a luxury that we just cannot afford. However, growing it is not only far cheaper, its exciting and fun too.
At the moment we have been growing food at Huyton Resource Centre on Tarbock Road since July 2018 and at The Craig’s Community Centre, Little Moss Hey, Stockbridge.
We have 6 planters in Kirkby
⦁ 2 on James Holt Road next to the Older Peoples Centre
⦁ 2 at Northwood Community Centre
⦁ 2 at Southdene Community Centre
We have now had it confirmed that we will be going into a part of what use to be the National Wildflower Centre in Court Hey Park and this will become our base.
This will be where all the seedling will be started and then planted out across Knowsley. We will also be growing on site.
We have big plans for the site and will keep people updated.
Another area in which we will be growing will be at King George V playing fields. This project has been agreed with One Ark and we are just awaiting dates to be agreed on when to start. We will be holding activity days and meetings so that the community can come together and share their thoughts and ideas.
Incredible Edible Knowsley also works with other services and organisations and provides support using therapeutic horticulture. We accept direct referral payments to support adults in social care and will be helping to transition adults who are in day care centres into volunteering, mentoring and employment for those who wish to.
We also work with schools and other groups and will provide workshops and sessions