Edible Churchyards

Edible Churchyards


With half a million people in the UK dependent on food handouts, this year’s Diocesan Lent Appeal has focused on spiritual and practical ways of tackling food poverty.One of the schemes being supported is Edible Churchyards, which encourages land around churches to be used for growing and the produce shared by the growers and the community.

An example of this can be found at St Paulinus Church, Ollerton, where a garden with raised beds adorns the front of the church. People who grow the produce can pick it and eat it, and some is given away to the community. For instance, produce used in the harvest festival went to a foodbank.

The Revd Zoe Burton, vicar at St Paulinus, said: “The garden is a wonderful project, it is at the church but it is a community garden.”

Parishes wanting to develop their own scheme can apply for grants up to £250 from Transforming Notts Together which will be administering the scheme. Click hereEdible Churchyards Scheme to download the application form.

Author: James Henderson

Date: 04 September 2014