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Public Veg Beds

Our public veg beds (or, Propaganda Beds as the good people at Incredible Edible Todmorden call them) have become infamous landmarks in York City Centre. Locals pick from them, tourists admire them, bees buzz around them: all are inspired by them.

All of them flourish through regular volunteer sessions, seasonal additions of seedlings (grown at the fantastic polytunnels of Yorkshire Chillies) and help from local businesses and passers-by.

If there’s food to see, it’s yours for free!

Barbican Bed

This was our first city centre bed! City of York Council, who loved the Edible York vision, offered us the bed to plant up in 2009.

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Peasholme Green

This year we’ve been growing: courgette, thyme, purple basil, oregano, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, golden purslane – and more.

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This addition to the Edible York empire was planted in 2012, and focused on fruit and herbs. It’s was beautiful addition to this corner of the city. NB Stonebow now being re-developed. Access to this bed is not currently available.

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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.