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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.

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