Shaw's Green was partially saved from development by Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society and local residents.
We gained permission from the landowner Trafford Council to give it a new lease of life as a Fruit, Vegetable and Herb project, designed to encourage people to grown their own food and to promote health and well-being through activity in the garden. However, just as we were preparing the beds ready for a delivery of 85 bags of wonderful Revive compost, part of the site was 'guerrilla' planted by a local man, Leslie Cupitt. We curtailed our plans but still managed to plant two apple trees and a plum tree, given to us by The Hub's 'Food For Us' project, a few Redcurrant and Blackcurrant bushes, a long bed of Strawberries and a 14 x 2 metre decorative Vegetable & Herb Display Bed.
The display bed contains Timperley Early Rhubarb, Sweet Peppers, Yellow Courgettes, White Pumpkins, Bergamot, Curry Plants, Chamomile, Sage, Blood Sorrel, Rainbow Chard, Lollo Ross and Cos Lettuces, Leeks, Spring Onions, Radishes, Cavalo Nero, Sweetcorn, French Beans and Squash.
Due to continuous heavy rain, our radishes bolted in June and were removed before our first Forest School lesson with Navigation Primary School children.
Our older volunteers will be helping us harvest the crops which will be supplying a local restaurant, Tapas y ala Carta. In August, we will be holding a fundraising dinner there, featuring all the produce we have grown. The funds raised will go back into the Altrincham In Bloom project.