The key features of the Edible Estates initiative are set out below.

Edible & Beautiful Habitats
When seeking to replace the green deserts found in some council estates, there are several approaches we want to take.  We would set up one or more community food growing sites within the estate, we would also want to explore how the open greenspace around an estate can be managed for improved biodiversity, utility and beauty.  There are several approaches we can take.

Wildflower Meadows

Wildflower meadows are an increasingly popular way to convert verges and other grassed areas into biodiverse, beautiful greenspaces whilst reducing maintenance.  Meadows can be used to great effect to create ‘outdoor rooms’ and paths in large blank greenspaces.

Edible Landscapes

Edible landscaping is an approach to greenspace design and management which has resulted from an interest in folk ‘growing their own’ fruit and vegetables, and the contribution that this can make to social and environmental sustainability.  

Edible landscaping offers an alternative to conventional landscapes that are designed solely for ornamental purposes, instead food-producing plants are used, they combine fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs.  Examples of edible landscaping are fruiting hedges, forest gardens and community orchards.

Edible landscape design does not necessarily increase the cost of maintaining the landscape, When properly implemented, edible landscapes can be low maintenance, increase biodiversity and increase the amenity value of local greenspace, leading on to other activities which support community capacity building and personal health and wellbeing.  

The images are from Sunshine On Leith Gardens, Edinburgh and North Clapton Estate in London.