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With the support of the church community, and funding and practical help from Edible York, Planet South Bank and other local people have created a great growing space at the pointy bit of the site (The Nose). During the first year, 2011, dozens of people helped dig new beds, clear out old rose bushes and plant new fruit bushes - and then eat the produce.

During the growing season, Planet South Bank have regular gardening times, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month, from 2-4pm.

We're often there for longer, and sessions often involve much more chatting-over-the-railings than digging. All are welcome; come to help dig or drop in to harvest at any time. It's an open site, although if you want to plant stuff, let us know otherwise we might just dig it up again by accident!

At a time when local allotment space is over-subscribed, when access to fresh fruit and veg is ever more highly-valued, and in an area with few gardens and only tiny backyards, this is your opportunity to grow and eat local organic food! Contact us through the Planet South Bank site:

Contact or just turn up!

Gardening sessions for 2022:

June 5 - Tea & Cake

June 19 - general garden care

July 3, 17, 31 - weeding and harvesting

August 14 - soft fruit harvesting

August 28 - digging potatoes

September 11 & 25 - squash harvesting & composting

October 9 & 23 - garden tidying for the winter

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Edible Map

At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.

There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.

Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.

As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.