The Edible Landscape Project
December 14, 2018
In your own words, tell us about your project.
ELP has 4 key approaches:
- Communication - Facebook, Twitter, Website
- Education & Training - (*)Workshops, Seminars, Talks, Walks
- Research - Validating ELP's work at University Level (under development)
- Partnerships - Under development.
Through these 4 approaches we encourage both large scale landowners - local authorities, schools, universities and farmers - to small scale domestic gardeners, to practice Edible Landscape sustainable land management techniques.
Why did you do this work?
Increased local levels of PLANTING for climate change resilience. Throughout ELP workshops the Agroforestry/ Sustainable Horticulture ethos is adhered to which means:
- Increased planting of edible trees, shrubs and perennials locally helps organic matter build-up and soil sequestration promoting food soil bacteria/ fungi/ other soil micro-organisms
- Sustainable use of natural resources – dramatically reduce volumes of pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers so less harm to birds/ bees/ all wildlife
- The use of local and heritage plants. Teaching people to value local species of plants. These protect local biodiversity as they support much higher levels of native species of wildlife than non-native plants. This in turn helps in the fight against climate change.
Increased numbers of local PEOPLE understanding how to manage climate resilience locally by :
- Equipping participants with the necessary skills and confidence to easily and simply grow their own long-term sources of food using plants which support local biodiversity, without the need for any form of chemical pesticide, herbicide, fungicide or chemical fertiliser.
Planting for climate change resilience and keeping PROFITS local:
- Teaching participants the importance of buying locally - both food and plants - to alleviate air miles in the fight against climate change. Buying local also supports the local economy and local jobs.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
- Influencing behavioural change to more environmentally sustainable practices
- Improved local biodiversity levels/ encouraging less food miles among the local community
- Improved local food security- equipping participants with skills needed to grow long term sources of food
- Mental and physical health improvements for participants as they team up designing and planting an edible garden
- Embedding the idea of the sustainable use of local resources - demonstrating that chemicals are not necessary to grow food
- Teaching planting techniques which can be replicated in participants gardens improving the soil locally
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
It's time to ACT. Get a group together and start planting...