Following on from our announcement a few weeks ago about Longtown, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Brampton & Longtown are delighted to also be working with residents and community organisations of Brampton to set up a new community gardening initiative. At the current time they are bringing together many of the community organisations in the area.
Based on the successful “Incredible Edible” model the aim is to enhance some areas of the town whilst introducing residents to the opportunity of growing their own fruit and vegetables.
Partners include SHINE, Brampton Primary School, William Howard School and Open Spaces, Brampton Community Centre, Lovers Lane Community Gardens, Brampton Area Action Group, Brampton Parish Council, and a number of individuals. The group has the backing of Carlisle City Council Healthy City Team.
During the Covid 19 pandemic Food security has become an issue for many and the local community has come together over recent months to ensure that no one is left without nourishing food. This new initiative can go some way to encouraging people to consider how they can help themselves and the wider community to have access to locally grown, readily available food.
Speaking on behalf of the Brampton & Longtown Rotary Club, Wendy Aldred said “ This is an exciting development for us. Rotarians are always looking for new ventures to support in their community and the timing seems right to start this initiative. We hope it will inspire people to help each other and start conversations about how the community might develop. Although some of the outcomes will be similar to our project in Longtown, Brampton already has some community garden initiatives, so we are excited to be working with them. A future plan is to link all the community gardens together creating a walk around the area.
From the community perspective, Heather Tipler from the Lovers Lane Community Garden said that, “the idea of the community gardens came from Incredible Edible originally, so this development extends the principle to the whole community”.
Elizabeth Brereton from William Howard School Open Spaces Project says “this is an exciting development seeing several community organisations come together in Brampton working toward the same goal of food sustainability”.
If you would like to be a part of this exciting new initiative, whether as an individual or as a business, even if you haven’t yet got green fingers, do let the team know via the Secretary of Brampton & Longtown Rotary Club, Wendy Aldred firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo : Fruit bushes and herbs at another project in Todmorden, where the movement originally began.
The Incredible Edible story and ethos can be found here https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/
A video of Incredible Edible in action in Todmorden can be found here https://youtu.be/4du9WIbVgPk
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