The Killingbeck fruits and flowers project will hopefully commence in February 2016. Spring boarding from the community allotment project that has grown over the last 2 years. 5 residents have teamed up with Environmental charity Hyde Park Source and Affinity Sutton to form a Fruits and Flowers team. They have secured 105 wild harvest hedge row trees to edge the old allotment site (currently kept locked up with nothing but grass in it). The group has also been selected to flagship a Britain in Blossom urban orchard, one of 6 across Leeds. The orchard will be designed as permaculture food forest and will not only be self-maintaining but will eliminate the grass cutting costs!
While this is being established the allotment will be kitted out with a kitchen and propagation shelter. This will facilitate all weather sessions with the 30 children we work with each year to process fresh fruits and vegetables into juices Jams and healthy meals grown by their own hand. Integrated into the south facing side of the structure will be a propagation green house. Linda and Jean (Killingbeck Green Inspectors) have designed this aspect to increase their flower growing capacity working with the kids. They have volunteered to facilitate weekly flower growing sessions with the kids. Brightening the estate from seeds planted and nurtured by the kids! Planting the trees and sowing the seeds begin this November and will grow for years to come.
Here at Hyde Park Source we've been plotting an exciting new project. We want to set up England’s first tool library right here in Hyde Park! Over the years we've often had requests from other organisations, our volunteers and friends to borrow or use the tools in our workshop. It’s clear that if we are going to be able to help people out, we need to develop a fair and formal process, so after a bit of research we decided the model of a tool library fits the bill!