Food for thought

Two people whom AFG supports have acquired valuable horticultural skills thanks to Incredible Edibles – a series of regional networks growing food and supporting communities – at Court Hey Park, Huyton.

Jonathan Roscoe and Anthony Hall, both supported in Liverpool, had a fantastic day out – braving the cold in the garden to complete their horticulture course level 1. This was the culmination of four weeks effort including painting, fixing and building planters and fencing and general gardening. Following fire damage, Jonathan and Anthony also got involved in a tidy up of the site. Later, they will be doing brickwork, seeding, sowing, planting and lots more.

Support Worker Mark Williams said: “Congratulations to Anthony and John who both passed and are now qualified horticulturists. I’m so proud of them both. They’ve worked so hard and will come out with a huge range of experience in lots of subjects. Onto level 2 now!

‘Both Anthony and John will receive their certificates in a couple of weeks and can continue to complete more levels up to level 7, if they wish. The qualification can be adapted to individual needs including those with learning disabilities. They can also do a health and safety module alongside the horticulture course.’

The Knowsley branch of Incredible Edibles was formed in 2018 – looking to apply the Incredible Edible model to support health and wellbeing in Knowsley. They have been led by the wants and needs of the community, working together to increase the amount of food grown and eaten in the borough. It’s an exciting project, bringing community, learning and business together to support more local food growing in Knowsley.

Anthony is pictured busy at work in the Incredible Edibles garden.