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Growing project to boost healthy eating

Front - Deb Parker (Acting CEO of BYHP) Back to front in line - Jake Ellement and Lorraine Jenkins from Banbury CAG, Karen Edwards, Aida Walsh and Justin Donovan from BYHP are pictured by two of the raised flower beds in BYHP's garden. Picture by Lucy Ford

Front - Deb Parker (Acting CEO of BYHP) Back to front in line - Jake Ellement and Lorraine Jenkins from Banbury CAG, Karen Edwards, Aida Walsh and Justin Donovan from BYHP are pictured by two of the raised flower beds in BYHP's garden. Picture by Lucy Ford

A new project has been launched in Banbury to help businesses and residents grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Incredible Edible has been set up by volunteers at Banbury CAG, where they hope to grow food around the town that can be picked for free. Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP) is involved with the project and last Thursday CAG volunteers helped restructure an overgrown plot of land at BYHP’s base in Chandos Close.

Jake Ellement, volunteer at Banbury CAG, said: “There have been projects like this starting across the country and when we got contacted to do something similar in Banbury, we have had a great response.

“We would like to promote the availability of locally-produced food in our shops, farms and restaurants and have had a lot of support from Cherwell District Council and Banbury Town Council.

“This is great for people to get involved in.”

The charity would like to set up smaller projects around housing estates in Banbury, which would be maintained by the residents.

They also hope to get businesses and shops involved in the project, where they would be able to provide their own planter, basket or window box of free vegetables, fruit or herbs to share.

CAG volunteers have been starting on a plot in Castle Street and are also looking at replanting fruit trees at the Jubilee Orchard in Browning Road Park.

Deb Parker, acting CEO of BYHP, said: “We think this is a great idea to help promote healthy eating and to get youngsters outside and inclined to grow their own vegetables themselves.

“It will be good for people to get to know each other and the volunteers at CAG are very knowledgeable about gardening.”

For more information, e-mail banburycag@gmail.com

 

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