The reputation of Let's Eat the Park in the locality and further afield has established it as a great success of self-help and community cohesion in a hitherto struggling area, creating the foundation for greater community engagement upon which more recent intiatives have prospered. We in the LEAP team are particularly proud of the way in which, through our free food and free community festivals in St George's Park, we have raised the profile of the Hosefair/Greenhill areas which others are now beginning to pick up on.
We have again had the children from St George's Primary School yesterday for one of their regular planting sessions in partnership with the Friends of St George's Park and the LEAP team. They have re-established the St George's Flag motif in the triangular bed dedicated to the community gardening efforts of students at the school.
Other edibles in the Three Sisters Bed, various LEAP sites in the park and in the neighbourhood including the local church and nearby pub are all doing well, as are the fruit trees we've established in the LEAP urban orchard. All over the LEAP locality fruit, vegetables and herbs are growing for sharing across all of our diverse community, crops having been chosed by people at one of our public events over the past couple of years. People in the area know the project and meet the LEAP work parties that have become a regular feature of the park on a Saturday morning. New volunteers have come to the project over the past six months strengthening it, embedding it ever more deeply in the community and underwriting its sustainability. Here are a few pictures of what can presently be found by visitors to the park all of which is available to a growing network of pickers/harvesters.
NEXT WORK PARTY Saturday 9 July 2016 Meet 10am at the shelter!
All welcome! Tools, gloves and refreshments are all available for volunteer use and enjoyment - plus plenty of good company, fresh air, gentle activity and a fun few hours most weekends working in our own community, taking control of our own environment, creating a FREE food supply for all.