PRESS RELEASE: IWA Manchester Branch Creates Edible Delights on the Ashton Canal

Issue date: 15th July 2016

IWA Manchester Branch has created a communal vegetable plot for the enjoyment of the local community, boaters, cyclists and walkers at Lock 4 on the Ashton Canal in Greater Manchester.  The branch has teamed with Incredible Edible, a network of local groups around the country, which encourages communities to come together by growing food and supporting local food businesses, tasting local produce and helping people to use food to be happy and healthy.

The garden was completed at a work party in late June, when 12 volunteers constructed a raised bed and planted it with strawberries, beetroot, chives, onions, parsley and peas. As well as creating the garden, the volunteers also found time to collect five bags of litter from the local area, clear vegetation beside the lock and sow wild flower seeds as the first part of a "bee highway".  

Steve Connolly of IWA Manchester Branch said “We’re encouraging everyone who uses the Ashton Canal to tend the garden and to pick some vegetables and herbs once they have grown.  We have recently adopted this section of the Ashton Canal and think that this is a great way to bring the canal and community together through food for the benefit of all.”

IWA Manchester Branch supplied all the plants, the signage displays made from recycled timber and, of course, the volunteers. The project was also supported by Canal & River Trust, which provided the timber for the raised bed (in the form of old lock gates), gravel and top soil.

Other IWA branches are now investigating possible Incredible Edible patches in their branch areas.



“IWA Manchester Branch volunteers with the completed Incredible Edible garden”. Photo by Matthew Baker

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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“IWA Manchester Branch volunteers with the completed Incredible Edible garden”. Photo by Matthew Baker