Community Action Day
Tuesday 3rd March from 9.30am -4pm
It was organised by
Councillors Colin Dever, Graham Morgan and Margaret Harvey
Incredible Edible Knowsley with their team of wonderful volunteers spent weeks preparing and organising for the day up at Court Hey Park along with the Councillors named above and some staff from Knowsley Council – especially Graeme Forsyth (Communities/adult social care team) and Chris Birtles (Environmental team based at Court Hey Park).
Friends of Court Hey Park, Councillors Hughie Malone, Chris and Kevin Bannon and some staff from Knowsley Council
Organisation who were involved on the day are:
- Alt bank
- Barclays bank
- Community payback
- Court Hey Methodist Church
- Crime and communities
- Huyton Lane garage
- Knowsley works
- Myerscough College
- Natwest bank
- St Barts church volunteers
The costs of social value for this day so far was an amazing £377,700.00 and was kindly calcualted by KHT. This amazing figure just shows what organisation, communities and services can do when they come together. This is a brilliant example of Knowsley, Working Better Together
What was achieved on the day
Because of all these brilliant organisations coming together it now means that our community project is months ahead of schedual and we can now begin starting seedlings off earlier than what we thought, to plant out across the Borough. The work that was achieved here was amazing and we feel so honoured and proud to be a part of something like this.
Our large poly tunnel has now been reskinned which means we have a huge area in which to grow in and start seedlings off, because of this day we had the man power to do this as it takes a lot of hands to reskin a poly tunnel of this size. The foods grown here will be given out to the community for free and can now be achieved much sooner.
Both poly tunnels have now had water irrigation systems installed which will make such a huge difference to growing and looking after the foods growing. If it wasnt for this day we would not have this system installed probably not for another year.
We had a large team painting raised beds and shelving that are for the large poly tunnel. Over 50 raised beds were painted that day and a large amount of shelving. This would have taken us months to do and would have taken us away from other jobs that we can now do- such as growing the food.
We had another large team clearing out the compost bays and turning over compost as well as bringing in compost from the park into the compost bays. This takes a lot of physical hard work and I have no doubts there would have been a lot of aching muscles the following day after this acitivity, Again this saved us months of hard work as it is very time consuming.
Clearing up and weeding on site was done along with more painting around site.
A tyre wall was built which we will plant up with flowers that will attract more bee’s on site.
Railing have been cleaned ready to grow peas and beans along.
Tarmacing outisde of the poly tunnel means that this makes it more accesible for people wanting to attend site who are in wheelchairs. If it wasnt for this community day we probably would have been waiting another six months before this could have been achieved.
More work is still being done on site by these orgainsations and I cannot put into words just how much this means to us. These organisations have been absolutely fantstic, we have had positive feedback from the organisations and requests for more community action days like this.
We plan to have another community action day at the end of July and we are now working with Councillors Graham Morgan, Colin Dever, Margaret Harvey, Hughie Malone, Chris and Kevin Bannon, Friends of Court Hey, Flower show committee and Knowsley Council to organise this day.
Anybody wanting to get involved in July please contact me on
Incredible Edible Knowsley at Activate College Kirkby
We are now working with Activate on a community growing project. Donna and Michael as well as staff and students at Activate have made a start on getting the allotment site ready for growing
Do you live up Kirkby and are you interested in getting involved? If your answer is yes, then come along and get involved.
Work has now began at King George V (KGV)
Donna and Michael have now started work at KGV by digging out 6 beds. They are now chitting the potatoes, onions and started the seeds off for tomatoes and cucumber.
Raspberry and BlackBerry canes will be planted out along with some rhubarb.
Would you like to get involved. Then why not come along?
All the food we grow here will be free for the community
Incredible Edible Knowsley volunteers hard at work repairing one of the poly tunnels on site.
Work has began in repairing the smaller poly tunnel at Court Hey thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.
We plan to now start some of our seedling off in February and we are preparing the soil ready for our veg. The souls have been ph tested etc. with the support of Mysercough college who provide horticulture courses on site.
We will repair the large poly tunnel come March
Incredible Edible Knowsley Christmas Buffet at Court Hey park with the friends of court hey and Stockbridge volunteers.
Christmas dinner at The Craig’s in Stockbridge with Geoff getting an award for all the volunteering hours he has done.
Incredible Edible Knowsley Out in Court Hey Park with Myerscough College who are delivering our horticulture course
Well we now have our banner up, letting everyone know where we are.
Work will begin in the repair of the poly tunnels in January along with the building of raised beds. Anyone looking to get involved or wanting to just find out more about what we will be doing, then please get in touch.
Please can you contact the police if you are in the park and see people climbing over. We have still experienced some young people coming over and we are worried that more damage will happen once the poly tunnels have been repaired.
Incredible Edible Knowsley will be teaming up with Knowsley Housing Trust, Groundwork and Alchemist Kitchen at King George V, Longview drive in a project that will offer the community benefits such as
- Growing food with the community for the community – all the food is free of course
- Accredited courses
If you would like to get involved then please contact me on 07925529585
Incredible Edible Knowsley will begin preparation for growing there on Thursday January 9th at 9.30am