New Community Garden brings more life to Philips Park

Today, 5th September, Incredible Edible Prestwich & District (IEPAD) opened a new community garden designed for a variety of people and groups. Pam Warhurst, co-founder and Chair of the Incredible Edible movement formally opened the garden which was supported by a grant from the Local Connections Fund. Pam said she was was delighted to see the progress made at this site, which was originally scrub land and forest. She said, “This garden will be a great asset to the community and I’m sure it will help many people benefit from being outside in such lovely surroundings”.


Pam Warhurst opening the garden

Pam Warhurst opens the garden


The new garden sits alongside IEPAD’s existing site and provides a calm setting for local people to meet up. Not only that, but community groups will also meet there as part of their programmes. For example, there’s a group who already have regular meet ups every Friday. They also help tend to the site, so it’s not all rest and relaxation.

The space will also have a part to play in Green Social Prescribing, a new test and learn project in Bury led by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. It will centre on prescribing “green” activities, such as growing vegetables, to people who might otherwise have relied on medical help from a doctor.

The sustainable garden will allow IEPAD to test a new range of edible plants that also allow nature to thrive. They already have grapes growing in one of their polytunnels, so anything is possible.

On the same day the group belatedly celebrated their 10th anniversary, which was delayed by a year due to the pandemic.  For more information on the work of IEPAD, or to find out how get involved, visit www.iepad.co.uk

About Incredible Edible Prestwich & District (IEPAD)

  • Incredible Edible was founded in Todmorden in 2008 by Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear. Pam is now the Chair of Incredible Edible a group with over 150 groups in the UK and even more worldwide.
  • Incredible Edible Prestwich and District (IEPAD) was established in 2010 and became a Community Benefit Society in 2019
  • IEPAD currently has 45 members and over 60 regular volunteers who work across nine sites in and around Prestwich, Greater Manchester. These include projects in Prestwich Village, Whitefield, Sedgley Park and Radcliffe.
  • The grant to make the garden possible was supplied by the Local Connections Fund supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund.
  • For more information about IEPAD please visit iepad.co.uk

About Incredible Edible

  • Its original aim was to improve the look and feel of a place by using public space to grow food.
  • They are all based on a shared vision of creating “kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food”
  • For more information visit incredibleedible.org.uk

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