Wester Hailes Edible Estates is a project of The Health Agency a local health & wellbeing organisation and Edible Estates a community growing initiative. Our goal is to encourage and support households in Wester Hailes to grow their own fruit and vegetables and cook healthy affordable meals.
Edible Estates is an approach which seeks to use the greenspace in council estates as a resource that increases the health, happiness and wellbeing of those which live there. The project has several elements:-
Establishing Community Food Growing Hubs in each estate in Wester Hailes. We now have a hub in the Calders and the Clovenstone estates, and we hope to establish one in the near future in Murrayburn & Hailesland.
The Growing Youth project provides training and work experience in community gardening and horticulture for young unemployed people in Wester Hailes.
We Are What We Eat is a programme of community shared meals and cooking classes.
We also hope to establish a community enterprise farm which will employ local people to grow food for sale.
There are a wealth of ideas which we hope to use to make Wester Hailes a more beautiful, pleasant and 'edible' place to live. See the video below of the 'Poppy Estate' in London, which has been a big inspiration for our project.
In 2015, Edible Estates (in collaboration with With Kids), set up a small community garden in Hailesland.
In 2016, we hope to work with residents in Murrayburn & Hailesland to look at ways in which local greenspace can provide better play opportunities for younger children, create community gardening spaces for adults, and improve the appearance and biodiversity of the local area.
If you live in Murrayburn or Hailesland, would like to find out more please get in touch.
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