The Edible Landscape Project (ELP), a Westport-based Education and Training initiative was formed in 2012. Our aim is to strengthen community resilience to climate change impacts through our edible planting workshops which, while exploring issues such as local food security, water and soil management and protecting local biodiversity, also help improve participants mental and physical health.
ELP Workshops have included fruit tree pruning, grafting, planting and edible or forest garden design and planting . We've planted along Westport Town Greenway, the Great Western Greenway (GWG) and in Westport town itself. These are mainly public spaces so the fruits of the trees and shrubs will be available for everyone to enjoy in years to come. Participants attending ELP Workshops include both adults and children as well as mixed aged community groups. ELP workshop costs are kept deliberately low so that anyone who wishes to can attend.
HERITAGE TREE RESEARCH
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 2016 and beyond.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.