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Community growing project brings life to Shadwell

A resident of Darkwood in Shadwell has begun her ambitious plans to bring edible, community growing to her local area.

L to R: Hannah Faulkner, Leesah Goodyear and Emily Dixon

Leesah Goodyear developed a love of gardening earlier this year, after having a planter installed in her garden.

She was soon put in touch with Incredible Edible, an organisation which aims to bring people together through community growing projects.

Leesah said “Initially, I requested permission from Connect to install a planter as I had an issue with excess water outside my front door, with plans of creating a herb garden.

“Once the first planter was in, I saw space for many more. My eyes were opened to the abundance of disused green space on the estate.

“I’ve never really gardened before now, however in a short space of time, I am hooked! If someone told me I would be heading up a project for growing, I’d have laughed. Now, it’s about all I think about!”

Since getting involved with Incredible Edible, Leesah launched the Shadwell branch and has begun working with her neighbours and the local community to install more planters, with plans to introduce composting facilities and plant fruit trees.

Her vision for the estate is “to have free food absolutely everywhere; multiple planters, a poly tunnel, orchard & foraging route. Everyone can look out the window, open their doors and just get an abundance of good, healthy food”.

Hannah Faulkner, Community Coordinator at Connect, said: “we’re really excited about the work that Leesah is doing in her community and are supporting in as many ways as we can, including looking at some funding to help the project grow. We love hearing from people who have a vision for their community and want to support as many people as possible.”

Incredible Edible – which has 16 local groups throughout Yorkshire – is always looking for volunteers to help fill planters, collect seeds, exchange plants and more.

If you’re interested in taking part or finding out more, get in touch via social media @edibleshadwell, or visit incredibleedible.org.uk.

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