23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-03-2015 09:03

      Community growing group is branching out across city

      A COMMUNITY growing group is expanding across Salford.


      Incredible Edible Salford (IES) started planting up their newest plot in Ordsall last Sunday.


      The group aim to grow food in public plots of land which anyone from the community can take home.


      Ian Bocock, founder of IES, said: "It just ticks all the boxes as regards community involvement, because the groups help create friendships, you're not in isolation and you can grow your own food."

      Jane Wood, IES Lead in Ordsall, hopes the plot will look like a pizza


      Members of the Rotaract Manchester International Club, the youth section of Rotary, were on hand to help out with weeding the plot and creating a footpath.


      Mr Bocock added: "It was a slow start this morning and we were getting worried, but then it was like a scene from a film when we saw the students walking through the daffodils in the park towards us."


      Karolina Dimitrova, Rotaract secretary, said: “We have a local and international committee, and the local committee finds volunteering projects, like this one, which we can come and help out at.”


      Another community growing group will start up on Moss Lane Farm on the March 29, where Mr Bocock hopes to recreate the success of the Incredible Farm.


      Incredible Farm is a social enterprise project, independent of Incredible Edible Todmorden but holding the same values, and Mr Bocok is hoping to do the same with Moss Lane Farm.


      He hopes to be able to offer apprenticeships and education projects.


      IES has also recently linked with AgeUK Salford to start a twenty week programme there for one half day a week which began in February 2015 and is funded by the Salford CVS Little Pots of Health Fund.


      The group is already well established in Eccles, and they have big plans for the summer to create an edible trail running through the town, including the ‘Tasty Triangle’.


      Angie Tunstall, IES Eccles Lead, said: “That was our first project. It’s a little derelict piece of land by the station.


      “We found out that nobody owned this land and it was transformed into something tasty.”

      Mollie Stewart