You may have been wondering if Sustainable Wallingford has been stopped in its tracks by Covid 19. After the most critical phase of lockdown, we decided we could restart Incredible Edible in Wallingford and Benson, and take advantage of the new season. The Incredible Edible project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behaviour towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world. We have been generously funded by SODC Councillor Grants, and were keen to carry out new plans to make more of the space. Our fruit trees and bushes are flourishing and fruiting.

At Wallingford, in front of the Library, we have extended the beds and planted a variety of new crops, mostly from seed. We have a team who take turns, to observe isolation, to keep the plants happy and watered during spells, with as much water as possible from the Library roof.

Soon we will transform the wooded area at the back of the Library, to provide reading and activity space alongside edible and woodland plants

We were amazed how positive everyone has been, and so grateful to the hardy and tenacious volunteers who joined us in clearing, both being done in record time! The local schools have  helped as the serious growing started.

As much as possible is recycled. We used free local compost from the Agrivert recycling centre and wood from Oxford Wood Recycling, and planted edibles for everyone to share- salads, fruit, beans, courgettes, spuds, beetroot and herbs, with some welcome contributions and swaps of plants.

At Benson, there is a smart new fence and yet more beds, aiming to beat our spectacular first year. We are now part of Benson Community Gardens to spread the growing message as far as we can.

The aim is not just to grow edible plants for people to help themselves to as they pass by; plants such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, various herbs, carrots, spring onions, leafy greens, and BEANS. Just as important is to to raise interest in growing food and where it comes from, to provide outdoor gentle exercise in a
sociable setting and of course to enhance the Libraries. We hope to see the Libraries open soon

Hopefully when you visit the Libraries, you will notice when things are ripe or ready to pick and take a few, leaving some for other people to enjoy of course. Do please also give us a hand with a little light weeding or watering, as “If you eat, you’re in”. Look out for news of regular sessions to weed and chat.