Seen at The Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Friday, 11 January 2013

OOTS: Streets Poised To Go Edible

Will some chard be coming to a street near you?
It looks like many more of our streets will be displaying some Travellers' Salad this year courtesy of the RHS's 'Edible Britain' scheme :)

As part of this year's Britain in Bloom programme, ‘Edible Britain' will see community gardening groups creating 2,000 herb and vegetable patches in public spaces around Britain from 8th to 14th April.

RHS registered community gardening groups (currently around 3,000 of them), can apply for free edible-plant seed packets, provided by the RHS. These include chives, dill, parsley, carrots, coriander, spring onions and red frills mustard, as well as edible flowers such as nasturtiums and marigolds. I think it's a grand idea, but sadly the seeds will only be distributed to around two thirds of the gardening groups - wouldn't it be great if all of them got something?

Anybody can set up or join their nearest group by typing in their postcode into this online map on the RHS website.

In other edible news, I was delighted to hear The Edible Bus Stop scheme I saw at Hampton Court in 2012 is set to grace the streets of Bristol this year following their successful collaboration with Cleeve Nursery at the National Gardening Show. I've seen quite a bit of edible planting in the city centre so this seems a natural progression to their activities.

And I'm still giggling over the news about the name of the new London apple introduced as part of The London Orchard Project. The choice of 'Core Blimey' is inspired!

3 comments:

  1. 'Core Blimey'...what a great name! What is the apple said to taste like?

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  2. What a great idea. Wonder if Cemaes in Bloom could be persuaded to do some edible planters?

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  3. Petoskystone - I've no idea! I'll see if I can find out...

    Janet - that would be great! They can apply for the free seeds if they're registered with the RHS :)

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