Edible Verges

First Incredible Edible Verge in Chichester...watch this space!

If you pass by the bus shelter on Stockbridge Gardens, you will notice some strange goings on!
The early stages of the first "Edible Verge" in Chichester are underway and shortly will begin to sprout and flower.
This is a community initiative set up by local environmental group, Transition Chichester. So any neighbours and residents who wish to take part are invited to join at the plot to plant and maintain a vegetable/herb garden.
The Edible Verge aims to encourage the productive use of unused public land. A programme of working sessions will be displayed at the plot. Local folk are invited to turn up and give as much or as little time as they wish. Tools, tea and cake provided!!
The produce is for the benefit of the community who will be invited to “Taste me, smell me, eat me and leave some for others.”
Woodhorns of Oving donate compost and mulch as part of their social policy to support the local volunteer environmental group. This offers a valuable support to Transition's “Grow Chichester” ever expanding programme.
Clearly this is not only a horticultural but also a social experiment. Similar schemes have been successfully and joyfully rolled out in many parts of Britain to date...check out Incredible Edible Todmorden to see where it all began. There is even a bus route in London where each stop has a veg plot along the route!
The RHS last year introduced their Edible Britain scheme offering free seeds to local groups who wish to take their growing out onto community land.
Anita van Rossum of Transition Chichester approached WSCC with this idea in mind. Brian Turbefield of Donnington Hoticultural Association is supporting the project with his gardening expertise. Both are committed to the project as an idea whose time has come which is intended to bring the following real benefits.
Transition objectives are to promote local growing to reduce food miles, increase food sustainability, re-skill by teaching how to grow and enhance community connections by bringing folk together through a shared interest and activity.
How will one small plot by the post box in Donnington achieve all this you ask??. Well this is just the first step.
In 5 years time Chichester can be more food resilient and better fed with plentiful Edible Verges in every neighbourhood of our beautiful city. Come and visit our Edible Verge and see it take shape. Plan one in your neighbourhood. Let’s get started!
Enquiries to info@transitionchichester.org