The Edible Landscape Project (ELP) is a Westport-based community growing initiative. We facilitate practical workshops where local people learn how, why, where and when to plant local and/or heritage edible fruit and nut trees and shrubs in a sustainable manner. Formed in September 2012, the aim of the ELP is to promote LOCAL FOOD SECURITY through our 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.
Our Projects to date have included fruit tree pruning, grafting and planting workshops as well as working with willow and creating a forest garden. As our planting workshops have taken place along the Greenway - a public space - the fruits of the trees and shrubs will be available for everyone to enjoy in the years to come. ELP workshop costs are kept deliberately low with the result that a large cross section of the local community have already attended workshops.
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 the local/ heritage fruit and nut trees which have been slowly disappearing from the GWG area as sites containing old orchards have been 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), which focused on the power of the community to inspire local food growing projects.
If you would like to take part in one of our workshops please contact us.