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Edible Park to be planted in Hackney

2 November 2015
Residents at the Apple Day fair on Mabley Green

Hackney residents came together for a fruitful event to celebrate the start of creating an edible park at Mabley Green.

Apple Day, led by Mabley Green User Group and funded by Sanctuary Housing, saw dozens of people visit Hackney Wick for a family fair that celebrated all things green.

Residents enjoyed making bird feeders and seed bombs as well as celebrating all things apple with bobbing, pressing and a peeling competition. Other organisers and supporters of the event include EcoActive, Kingsmead Primary, Hackney GoodGym and Groundwork London.

What is the edible park?

Over the next few months, scores of fruit trees will be planted in the park and anyone will be able to wander in and pick the fruits for their own use. Residents were able to find out about the plans for the park, as well as choose their favourite fruit trees to be planted in the area, with the future yields free to pick for generations to come.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, cabinet member for Health, Social Care and Culture, said: “The edible element of the park will not only provide healthy, grown-on-your-doorstep produce for local people to enjoy but, we hope, will inspire a new generation to fall in love with gardening and growing. Works are due to commence in the New Year.

Damian Rafferty, Chair of Mabley Green User Group, commented: “A huge thanks to Sanctuary Housing for funding the celebration and getting their residents involved and also to EcoActive for putting the whole thing together. It’s wonderful when a whole community is united in something as positive as this.”

This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.