The Edible Estates project in Edinburgh aims to provide community growing spaces for residents of tenements and high rise blocks on underused council land. It involves collaboration between public bodies such as Wester Hailes Health Agency and an Edinburgh based design agency Re:Solution.
Green space in the Calders, Dumbryden, Murrayburn and Hailesland neighbourhoods, owned by Edinburgh City Council, would be turned over for use as garden hubs and private plots as part of the Edible Estates scheme. Up to 120 households would benefit in the first year of the scheme.
A majority of participating residents would be able to see their plot from their own house, with the aim to have the first gardens running later this year. The Wester Hailes Heath Agency has now applied for £300,000 in climate challenge funding to run the project. A decision on the application will be made soon. The move has the backing of the city council, which stands to save thousands of pounds each year in reduced maintenance costs for green space.
While a primary focus is on food growing there are great hopes the project will have a positive impact on the health and well being of many residents.