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. 

Find out more about Edible Estates >

Murrayburn & Hailesland

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.  

We have set up a Web Survey Form which you can fill in with you contact details >


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Hi Calders folks, just a wee reminder to you all that we are making Elderberry syrup at the We Are what We Eat session this Wednesday-6-8pm at the Sheltered housing Calder Drive.

"Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis"

So last chance today and tomorrow to get out there and forage some elderberries. I will bring sugar and some additional ingredients- maybe ginger lemon, cinnamon? please bring a bottle/jar to take some of our delicious syrup home.
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Hi Clovie kids. We are meeting at 1.30pm in the Clovie Community garden for our trip to Gorgie farm. I will bring tea/hot chocolate and some raw veg for us to munch. bring a waterproof just in case. see you all in the garden. ... See MoreSee Less

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We were keen to hear from folk throughout Wester Hailes, as there are courses and workshops which you can participate in.

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