Denbigh allotments set for ‘incredible’ community food

Denbighshire Countryside Services staff have dug deep to help ‘incredible’ food grow on Denbigh’s doorstep.

Countryside staff and volunteers have linked up with Incredible Edible Denbigh to help prepare allotment spaces donated to the group for planting and growing.

Incredible Edible groups work to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food and welcome members of the public to be a part of growing fresh produce locally.

Denbigh’s group is aiming to grow food with help from the local community, allowing people to access locally produced fruit and vegetable.

Incredible Edible Denbigh also aims to provide the community with the skills to grow food at home. A series of workshops are planned to teach people these skills as well as healthy cooking and how to value surplus food.

Denbighshire Countryside Services has helped the group plan and build the infrastructure needed to achieve their local aims.

This includes a disability access stone and dust path to grant access to the growing space, two raised beds, and a shelter which will provide storage space as well as protection from sun or rain.

Countryside Ranger Brad Shackleton said: “It has been really good to support Incredible Edible Denbigh’s fantastic work here in the town by helping them prepare their site. Giving the opportunity for the community to source local food and have a go growing themselves is a brilliant initiative.”

Sue Lewis of Incredible Edible Denbigh, said: “Bwyd Bendigedig Dinbych / Incredible Edible Denbigh is one part of the wider Bwyd Cymunedol / Community Food group which was formed following the Denbigh People’s Assembly on sustainable, local food held last year.

“We’re so grateful for the support we’ve had from Council staff, and also from local Councillor Delyth Jones in helping to make the community allotment a reality. We hope many more people will be inspired to join us – all are welcome!”

Councillor Win Mullen James, Denbighshire Cabinet Lead Member for Local Development and Planning, said: “Giving communities the chance to grow their own fresh food, learn and enjoy the benefits is so important in this day and age and I am pleased our Countryside Staff and volunteers were able to support the group.”