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Edible gardens surprise Kings End residents

27 October 2015
Residents at the launch of the Bicester Incredible Edible event.

Edible planters have popped up in and around the Kings End estate, thanks to an exciting project from Sanctuary Housing and community action group Grassroots Bicester.

Grassroots Bicester has used its Incredible Edible initiative and surprised residents by placing six planters around the Kings End estate in Bicester; benefiting 480 Sanctuary homes.

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Cherish Cherwell Fund and supported by Councillor Debbie Pickford and Cherwell Council.

Edible gardens on residents doorsteps

Residents on the estate are now able to enjoy the sight, taste and smells of delicious herbs and flowers right on their doorstep. Each planter contains a fruit tree, selection of herbs, winter vegetables and edible flowers.

Residents and community groups at the launch of the Bicester Incredible Edible event.

Bursting with flavour the small herb gardens aim to encourage communities to grow produce together and show the benefits of fresh food, as well as brightening up the estate.

Made with recycled wood, the planters were built by Bicester Green, while Langford Community Orchard and volunteers from local business Medtronic helped to plant the shrubs.

Jason Slaymaker, from Grassroots Bicester commented: “We’re really looking forward to raising awareness about simple ways to live and eat more healthily. What’s more, the project is here to last: Members of the community will be able to look after the planters in future, for the benefit of each other.”