Kitchen garden plan for Coronation Park
Reconnecting people with food production and promoting local food sourcing are two of the aims of the EcoVannin food workstream - and one our first food initiatives is all set to achieve both these goals at Coronation Park in Braddan.
This is the proposed site of a “community growing project” and the subject of a well-attended meeting organised by EcoVannin, and hosted by Braddan Parish Commissioners, at the Commissioners' offices last week.
Local residents met to discuss the possibility of reviving the former playground, situated behind Coronation Terrace at the Strang, and turning it into a space for socialising, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, sharing horticultural know-how and enjoying the fruits of their labours through on-site community cookouts.
There was considerable enthusiasm at the meeting, and a good show of hands in support of the venture. Help and guidance has been offered by a range of organisations including Braddan Commissioners, Men in Sheds, Permaculture IOM, the Community Chef, Prescott Associates and Manx Native Trees - a real coalition of knowledge, skills and support!
Residents were able to air any concerns they might have, and make suggestions as to what sorts of facilities and planting schemes they would like to see. There was a lively discussion, with all age ranges represented and many people volunteering to get their hands dirty in the pursuit of fun, food and friendship.
The next stage of the plan will be for the EcoVannin team, with help from the outside experts, to put together a development plan for the site, which will be circulated around the group of people who offered to form a working party. Initially, this working group is being made up of those people who attended the meeting but others are very welcome to join. The EcoVannin team will stay in touch with residents and the working party to ensure that as plans evolve people are properly consulted.
EcoVannin Co-ordinator Cat Turner said, "We're really excited by the possibilities for this project and it was great to see so many people taking an interest in their local community. Special thanks go to Braddan Commissioners for offering to make the space available for the community to develop in this way, and providing financial support for the set-up costs".
Braddan Commissioners Chairman Andrew Jessopp said, “The Commissioners are delighted to be included in this project from the beginning and are encouraged by the number of residents who attended the meeting. We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come to fruition.”
If you missed the meeting and would like to know more, please contact Braddan Commissioners direct, or Cat Turner at EcoVannin on email@example.com.
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