The Edible Landscape Project brings local community groups together for edible planting workshops along the Great Western Greenway in Co. Mayo. Our aim is to create an edible landscape along the 27 mile-long former railway line, which was resurfaced in 2011 and now forms Ireland’s longest walkway and cycle track.
Although it’s still early days, a number of very successful Planting Workshops have taken place in and around Westport town - our starting point. A wide variety of community groups and local schools have participated. We'll be extending these planting workshops from Westport town towards Newport town where we've already been involved with the Pride of Place Awards, further on to Mulranny and then into Achill.
Our latest project, the Heritage Towns Initiative, sees us tracing heritage varieties of fruit and nut trees which were successfully grown in Westport in times past. Once we've identified the varieties, we'll run grafting workshops when the time is right (Spring 2014) and replant those heritage varieties in new locations along the Greenway. Thus preserving the lineage.
The Great Western Greenway is an area of outstanding beauty and ultimately the Edible Landscape Project aims to promote horticultural tourism in the area, offering an array of edible planting workshops to visitors to the Greenway.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.
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