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Veg on the Edge gardening group is launched in Shipley
9:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
Friends and neighbours have formed a new gardening group with the hope of transforming waste land behind Shipley fire station.
Veg on the Edge is a new venture by locals who want to grow their own produce for the good of the community and have pinpointed the derelict site as ideal.
On Sunday at the council-owned land they will lay out their plans for a food garden everyone can enjoy.
The group – all from neighbouring streets – got together almost a year ago to discuss what could be done with the eyesore land.
They have raised funds through the Community First funding programme to draw up designs and are also receiving support from Councillor Kevin Warnes and the Bradford Community Environment Project.
Veg on the Edge is named because the site falls between Shipley and World Heritage Site Saltaire.
Co-founder Sarah Read said: “At first we were just considering a traditional allotment scheme but quickly became more creative and ambitious.
“We hope that beyond providing space to grow vegetables members will swap skills and become friends. We also want to be as eco-friendly as possible so plan to include rainwater harvesting and recycled materials.”
Adele Adams, senior landscape architect at BCEP, said: “The group have proposed lots of ideas, including shared growing areas, an edible forest, a pizza oven and seating so members can enjoy the fruits of their labours.
“I’ve produced some designs that will hopefully inspire others to see the site has fantastic potential.”
The information day is on Sunday from 11am to 3pm.