On This Episode of the Garden Podcast:
Peter Donegan chats with Nikki Davies, IF Oldham and Caroline Lawson of Veg In The Park.
Peter bumped into Nikki at RHS Tatton Flower Show 2017 at what was called Bus Stop Boulevard where, IF Oldham had transformed a Bus Stop into something completely, different.
The Bus Stop at RHS Tatton a collaboration between IF Oldham, Real Junk Food Oldham and Oldham Community Power called Growing Oldham Feeding Ambition (it represents the Oldham Food Map) is due to be reinstalled in a school in Oldham as part of an education programme launch for Oldham called Fuel for School.
My thanks to The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the wonderful team at RHS Tatton for their help on this interview.
Nikki Davies is the co Founder of If Oldham a now but 2 year old social enterprise. Incredible Futures Oldham, aims to support groups, residents and individuals to take grass routes community action around well being and the environment through food growing and cooking. Amongst the many hats she wears, Nikki is also Chairperson of the Oldham Food Network.
Veg In The Park
Caroline Lawson not only heads Veg in the Park (also just 2 years old) but also volunteers with The Real Junk food Oldham project and is a Trustee of another community hub NEON (Net working in east Oldham neighbourhoods).
Veg in the park. (V.I.P ) came from wanting to show kids how to grow from seed to plate and that food just doesn’t come from super markets.
The community growing hub is built on the old disused bowling green in Waterhead park a site that was built with money from public health and our local councillors helped with donating money to the project. Volunteer ages range from 2 to 75; VIP boasts a 50 foot long x 35 foot wide Polly tunnel, 18 raised beds in various heights, 3 very large flat beds; they sell their produce to local people & cafes and all money raised goes back into VIP.