Climate Friendly Food CIC in St Helens has secured a £10,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Incredible Edible Woodland project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will create a woodland full of edible trees and plants. The project is based on a public farm which attracts more than 10,000 visitors per year and aims to promote the benefits of foraging and sustainability
Project works will include the addition of new windbreaks, 500m of fencing and the construction of foot and vehicle bridges over the existing large drainage channels. On completion of the major works, volunteers will carry out the planting of 208 trees and 210 understory edible shrubs. The planting will form a south facing horse shoe arrangement, and provide community zones with grass planted and then mown in between the trees.
Once established, the woodland will become an important resource for local food, with traditional varieties of apples which will be used for juicing, preserving and grafting workshops.
Jenny Griggs, Director, Climate Friendly Food CIC, said:
“We are thrilled to have been awarded Biffa Award funding. We will be planting over 400 edible trees and fruit bushes. These will be fenced with new windbreaks and foot bridges installed to enable public access. Work will be carried out by contractors and volunteers. We are aiming to engage with hundreds of people from the local community.“
Matt Towers, Volunteer, Climate Friendly Food CIC, said:
“As a long-term volunteer of Climate Friendly Food I am so thrilled to see this project finally coming to fruition. I have helped with the identification of suitable trees and fruit bushes including varieties that can withstand the weather. This site will be a serious producer of edible food in the future including tonnes of fresh fruit, juices, preserves and dried fruit. It will be truly incredible.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community. Climate Friendly Food CIC will not only help improve the biodiversity of the area, but also provide a place where local people and visitors can learn and benefit from the natural environment.”