Project to take veg on to the streets of Saltaire

From left, students Waheeda Kothdiwala and Natalie Graham and Sustainable Saltaire’s Sheri-Leigh Myles

From left, students Waheeda Kothdiwala and Natalie Graham and Sustainable Saltaire’s Sheri-Leigh Myles

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire Valley Chief Reporter

Saltaire is on the verge of a fresh food revolution.

Village group Sustainable Saltaire has joined forces with landscape architect students from Leeds Metropolitan University in an ambitious Edible Gardens project to grow food on verges, in planters and on disused land in the village.

And they are taking encouragement from a scheme in Todmorden known as Incredible Edible, which has attracted international attention and spawned similar projects as far afield as Slovakia.

Sheri-Leigh Miles, project leader for Sustainable Saltaire, said: “We have challenged the students to help us maximise the opportunities for edible growing in Saltaire.

“Incredible Edible is an entirely amazing project. Todmorden is a robust West Yorkshire town and they have just planted food all over the place and the community has really got behind it.

“We are hoping that this will inspire people in Saltaire to do the same.”

She said the students will be given a “blank canvass” and will use their expertise to find the best places for the community to grow fruit and veg to ease pressure on Council-run allotments. Earlier this year, the Telegraph & Argus revealed that the most popular allotments in Shipley, Bingley and Keighley had waiting lists of more than a decade.

Edible Gardens will be started by the five Leeds Met undergraduates, who are in their final year of study, with a village consultation and exhibition.

One of the student team, Natalie Graham, 22, of Baildon, said: “We are just hoping to encourage the community to get started and we are hoping to give them the foundations and ideas about where they can plant and let them get on with it.”

Incredible Edible started growing on council-owned land in 2008 but the scheme has now spread to plots by the roadside, outside a doctors’ surgery and even the local police station.

Mary Clear, from the group, will speak to people about the success of the project in Saltaire on Tuesday following the consultation to find out what Saltaire residents think of the scheme.

She said: “Incredible Edible started off exactly like Saltaire will, with a few good people coming together. In the last four years it has just grown. We have had really good involvement from the police station, the doctor’s surgery and businesses.

“It is not just about growing, it is about getting people outdoors and to give people that confidence that, no matter how bad things get, there is a great sense of community.

“When I talk to them in Saltaire there will be, without a doubt, passion in the room from people who want to pick up their spades and give it a go.”

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8:47am Thu 4 Oct 12

johnhem says...

this is like taking coal to newcastle. just a few minutes down the road there is shipley market, made up of probably a third veg stalls. last time i was there i'm sure there were 2/3 veg shops, not to mention a big asda store.
keep your nanny state and do something USEFUL.
this is like taking coal to newcastle. just a few minutes down the road there is shipley market, made up of probably a third veg stalls. last time i was there i'm sure there were 2/3 veg shops, not to mention a big asda store. keep your nanny state and do something USEFUL. johnhem
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9:11am Thu 4 Oct 12

BD16 says...

Nanny state! What tosh, where does it mention government involvement or hectoring? It's a voluntary scheme.

It's a good idea and if prople have a better sense of community and get a few free spuds or carrots from land that isn't used let them get on with it.
Nanny state! What tosh, where does it mention government involvement or hectoring? It's a voluntary scheme. It's a good idea and if prople have a better sense of community and get a few free spuds or carrots from land that isn't used let them get on with it. BD16
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10:12am Thu 4 Oct 12

U4real! says...

@Johnhem...Oh dear sounds like you have very little understanding of the article you have read and just have some sort of beef with the world in general. Maybe you should stick to the sports section and shouting at the telly when a politician says something you dont like. Your "Nanny state" believes that the safest way to secure food for this country is to have as many outside suppliers as possible, this is in fact DEFRA policy. That is their definition of food security, when in fact as we saw not so long ago a volcanic eruption in Iceland can turn our connection to these suppliers into a very weak link. Food security is a much bigger issue, and you may well find that the Fruit and Veg in shipley market is shipped in by road from all over the country rather than our own doorstep. Costing oil and road miles and all the other damage that brings. But you maybe don`t think thats important and nobody is demanding that you get involved, so you can sit back and be bitter towards others who are changing their communities to what they see as more sustainable and supporting or you could get invovled. Have a look at Incredible Edible Todmorden and see what difference that has made not only to its community but on a much wider global scale. Or you could just carry on shouting at the telly.....
@Johnhem...Oh dear sounds like you have very little understanding of the article you have read and just have some sort of beef with the world in general. Maybe you should stick to the sports section and shouting at the telly when a politician says something you dont like. Your "Nanny state" believes that the safest way to secure food for this country is to have as many outside suppliers as possible, this is in fact DEFRA policy. That is their definition of food security, when in fact as we saw not so long ago a volcanic eruption in Iceland can turn our connection to these suppliers into a very weak link. Food security is a much bigger issue, and you may well find that the Fruit and Veg in shipley market is shipped in by road from all over the country rather than our own doorstep. Costing oil and road miles and all the other damage that brings. But you maybe don`t think thats important and nobody is demanding that you get involved, so you can sit back and be bitter towards others who are changing their communities to what they see as more sustainable and supporting or you could get invovled. Have a look at Incredible Edible Todmorden and see what difference that has made not only to its community but on a much wider global scale. Or you could just carry on shouting at the telly..... U4real!
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11:01am Thu 4 Oct 12

single says...

what a good idea, but dont forget to inform bradford met ,as seeing strange leaves and plants sprouting up,might think its a drugs farm and cut them all down......but i do wish tem all the best in their exciting venture.
what a good idea, but dont forget to inform bradford met ,as seeing strange leaves and plants sprouting up,might think its a drugs farm and cut them all down......but i do wish tem all the best in their exciting venture. single
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3:42pm Thu 4 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

single wrote:
what a good idea, but dont forget to inform bradford met ,as seeing strange leaves and plants sprouting up,might think its a drugs farm and cut them all down......but i do wish tem all the best in their exciting venture.
It might be an idea to also grow some weed in and among the veg to help hard-up folk who can't afford to pay the extortionate prices often demanded by dealers these days.
[quote][p][bold]single[/bold] wrote: what a good idea, but dont forget to inform bradford met ,as seeing strange leaves and plants sprouting up,might think its a drugs farm and cut them all down......but i do wish tem all the best in their exciting venture.[/p][/quote]It might be an idea to also grow some weed in and among the veg to help hard-up folk who can't afford to pay the extortionate prices often demanded by dealers these days. A Casual Observer
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3:44pm Thu 4 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

johnhem wrote:
this is like taking coal to newcastle. just a few minutes down the road there is shipley market, made up of probably a third veg stalls. last time i was there i'm sure there were 2/3 veg shops, not to mention a big asda store.
keep your nanny state and do something USEFUL.
Idiot! What could be more useful than growing free food? You stick to your bacon butties and have an heart attack then.
[quote][p][bold]johnhem[/bold] wrote: this is like taking coal to newcastle. just a few minutes down the road there is shipley market, made up of probably a third veg stalls. last time i was there i'm sure there were 2/3 veg shops, not to mention a big asda store. keep your nanny state and do something USEFUL.[/p][/quote]Idiot! What could be more useful than growing free food? You stick to your bacon butties and have an heart attack then. A Casual Observer
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9:41pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Saltaire Bantam says...

There are too many hippies who live in Saltaire.
There are too many hippies who live in Saltaire. Saltaire Bantam
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