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A COMMUNAL VEGETABLE plot has been created at Lock 4 on the Ashton Canal in Greater Manchester for the enjoyment of the local community, boaters, cyclists and walkers.
The Inland Waterways Association’s Manchester Branch teamed up with Incredible Edible, a network of local groups around the country, which encourages communities to come together by growing food and supporting local food businesses.
The garden was completed at a work party in late June, when 12 volunteers constructed a raised bed and planted it with strawberries, beetroot, chives, onions, parsley and peas. As well as creating the garden, the volunteers also found time to collect five bags of litter, clear vegetation and sow wild flower seeds as the first part of a “bee highway”.
“We’re encouraging everyone who uses the Ashton Canal to tend the garden and to pick some vegetables and herbs once they have grown,” said Steve Connolly of IWA Manchester Branch. “We have recently adopted this section of the Ashton Canal and think that this is a great way to bring the canal and community together through food for the benefit of all.”
The project was supported by Canal & River Trust, which provided the timber for the raised bed (in the form of old lock gates), gravel and top soil.
Other IWA branches are now investigating possible Incredible Edible patches in their areas.