Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen has given her backing to a green-fingered group which aims to get Formby residents growing.
Harington Ward's Cllr Killen visited The Formby Edible Garden Project to hear for herself how easy it is to grow her own fruit and vegetables.
The Formby Edible Garden Project, which is based at Formby Pool, has been launched by green-fingered gardening enthusiasts from throughout the town.
The project has a list of stated aims. These include:
- To encourage and increase food growing in gardens in Formby
- To set up a demonstration plot on the grounds of Formby Swimming Pool
- To recruit interested residents and form an association to manage the project and promote sustainability and Transition Initiative values
- To form and use neighbourhood groups to roll out and promote garden based food production
- To conduct a survey of existing local garden food production and seek to identify and use the local wisdom associated with that knowledge
- To cooperate with members of the Formby Allotment Association and other local Associations and Organisations
- To promote a local version of Land Share scheme
- To promote a wider interest in food consumption and support local food production
- To celebrate and promote Formby Asparagus
Speaking after her visit to the garden at the pool, Formby mum-of-three Cllr Killen said she had been inspired to get growing.
Cllr Killen said: "The Edible Garden is a brilliant project. It shows you that you can grow anything, anywhere.
"No matter how big your garden is, or even if you don't have a garden, the edible garden project shows you that you always have space to grow fruit and vegetables. Window boxes and even pots are effective ways of growing.
"That's what Sean Brady and the Edible Garden Project team are showing. The space they are growing in isn't huge, but they have four separate planting areas and they are preparing to also start planting in pots.
"It's something most of us can do. And something I will be doing with my children."
Formby Edible Garden team member, Sean Brady, is encouraging people from throughout Formby to get involved.
Sean told Cllr Killen: "There's been a lot of interest about this project from people from throughout Formby, which is great.
"The edible garden we have set up just shows what you can do in a small space - in your own garden or yard.
"The project promotes health and well-being for the community of Formby, through growing vegetables, fruits and herbs.
"We now want to roll this out further and have applied for a grant from the area committee for £450 so we can build on the work we've already started and invite local schools to get involved.
"This is just the start of this project, but it is something we can really expand on over the coming months and years."
Cllr Killen is supporting the Formby Edible Garden Project bid for area committee funding.
Cllr Killen said: "The Formby Edible Garden Project is brilliant and there is a lot that the project team want do.
"So far the bulk of the funding has come out of the team members' own pockets, so I am backing the bid for this small amount of funding to help the project develop even further.
"I think it's great that they have plans to involve local schools and really open the project up to the community.
"This is an exciting project which I want to see grow."
For further information about the Formby Edible Garden Project go to http://edibleformby.org.uk or phone Sean Brady on 07775604550.