Sidney Park project will produce edible and incredible display
IF YOU know your onions, then you will keep a watchful eye on when a unique vegetable patch is ripe for the picking.
The Sidney Park Friends have planted vegetables to spruce up the largest empty flower bed in the Cleethorpes park – and residents can to pick the produce when its ready.
Named the Incredible Edible Project, rhubarb, hundreds of onions, parsley, strawberries, artichokes and raspberries will sprout out of the mud this summer.
The group, which is helping North East Lincolnshire Council run the park, hopes the project – the only one of its kind in North East Lincolnshire – is the start of a greener future for the popular park.
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The park fell into decline before the friends stepped in, and members were inspired by a similar veg scheme in West Yorkshire.
Friends chairman Nicola Hocknell said: "We feel our vision of a greener, brighter future for the park has taken a step forward."
Anyone is allowed to pick the food once it is fully grown to take home, which they hope will educate children about where food comes from.
Nicola said: "The project is designed for everyone in the community to enjoy. It encourages people to do something positive for themselves and the community."
They prepared the bed before Christmas for the frost and snow, breaking up clods of earth, digging up weeds and spreading recycled soil conditioner donated by Newlincs.
They plan on holding fun cooking activities in the spring to lift the spirits of residents and attract visitors to the area.
The produce at the patch will be available for picking around June – there will be an announcement in the Grimsby Telegraph and online at www.thissisgrimsby.co.uk to let you know exactly when.
This Sunday, the group will be planting rosemary at the patch.
On page 19, find out how your children can get involved in a new Lincolnshire-wide food project.
Looking for some inspiration for dinner tonight? Here are some recipes using the produce that will soon be available from Sidney Park's patch.