The Edible Landscape Project (ELP) is a Westport-based growing initiative which facilitates practical, community workshops where local people learn how, why, where and when to plant local and/or heritage edible fruit and nut trees and shrubs, root and leaf vegetables and wild herbs. Formed in September 2012, the aim of the ELP is to promote LOCAL FOOD SECURITY through our planting workshops and in the process to create an edible landscape on workshop sites dotted along both Westport Town Greenway and the Great Western Greenway (GWG) in Co. Mayo.
A sample of ELP Planting/ Pruning/ Grafting Workshops, most of which took place on Westport Town Greenway between 2013 to 2015, and which were attended by a large cross section of the local community includes:2015
• Food Security and Edible Planting workshop - Newport National School
• Apple Tree Grafting Workshop, Westport Quay Community Centre
• Replanting grafted heritage apple trees at Westport Quay Community Centre
• Biodiversity hedge at the Quay
• 'Working with Willow' Workshop at Westport Skatepark
• Pruning Workshop, Westport Town Greenway
• Planting Heritage Trees Workshop, Westport Town Greenway
• Walking Tour of Edible Landscape Planting Sites with Holy Trinity N.S.
• 2-Day Workshop Promoting Local Food Security with Transition Year Students in Westport
• Educational Guided Walks
• Grafting Workshop – grafting heritage trees from local gardens
• Apple Seed Sowing, 6th Class, Quay National School, Westport
• Fruit Tree planting Workshop, Westport Town Greenway
• Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop, College of Further Education, Westport
• Fruit Pruning Workshop, Westport Town Greenway
• 2-day Forest Gardening Community Workshop
• Building a Live Willow Archway, Westport Skatepark
• Planting Apple and Damson Trees, Westport Skatepark
Between 2013 and 2015 the ELP received funding from Mayo County Council as part of the Historic Towns Initiative. This funding has helped us research the identity of heritage fruit and nut trees that have been disappearing from the GWG area in the last number of years, as sites containing old orchards are redeveloped. We've taken dozens of apple tree grafts which will be replanted in new locations along the Greenway at ELP workshops in late 2015 and 2016.The Great Western Greenway passes through the historic towns of Westport, Newport and Mulranny before reaching Achill Sound. The Benefits Of An Edible Landscape.
The idea of growing an edible landscape along the Great Western Greenway originated at a Westport community enterprise event in 2012 - SHeDD Talks - www.sheddireland.com, which focused on the power of the community to inspire local food growing projects.
If you would like to make a donation – either of your time or financially – please contact us.