Incredible Edible reaches Maghull

Readers with a longish memory will recall that I posted quite some time ago about a visit to Todmorden in Lancashire where I, together with 3 chums from the Maghull in Bloom Volunteers, went to have a look at a community-wide project to grow fruit and vegetables in public places.

Well that visit inspired the M in B Volunteers to get something similar going in Maghull. A successful lottery grant and a couple of years later and Maghull’s first edible fruit plants and trees etc. have been planted in specially prepared beds outside Meadows Leisure Centre on land owned by Maghull Town Council.

The volunteers have engaged expert grower and RHS award winner Don Billington to mastermind the project and a lot of the work that has been done and indeed will continue to be done in terms of maintaining the plants and trees is courtesy of rehabilitating offenders from HMP Kennet in Melling.

The planting beds being worked on 18th December

The planting beds being worked on 18th December

Don Billington, Doreen Prescot and local' news hound' Jim Sharpe of the Maghull Champion

Don Billington, Doreen Prescot and local’ news hound’ Jim Sharpe of the Maghull Champion

As the trees and plants establish the community will be invited to harvest the fruits etc. but that’s a little way off yet.

As I have said many times before working with the Maghull in Bloom Volunteers must be the most enjoyable thing I do as a local councillor; we have fun, they do a great deal of hard work and the community benefits from their efforts. Where would we be without them?

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