GREEN-FINGERED Wearside residents are being urged to dig in.
Gentoo Group has been awarded more than £17,000 to help people learn about growing their own food and living healthy, active and inclusive lifestyles.
Edible landscapes will undoubtedly bring benefits to our communities in Sunderland.Sally Hancox, director, Gentoo Green
Just over £10,000 of the Strategic Initiative Budget funding will be used to create an “Incredible Edible” green route, that will draw on help from residents, community groups and schools, to plant fruit bushes, vegetable beds and herbs.
It will also create new seating areas and tidy up existing grassland along the route, from St Paul’s Primary School in Ryhope, to Benedict Biscop School in Doxford Park.
Sally Hancox, director of Gentoo Green, said: “Investing in projects like Incredible Edible is one way we are showing our continued commitment to adding value to our communities as a responsible business.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding that will encourage local people and local organisations to work together, creating a sense of pride in our neighbourhoods and boosting community spirit, which is something we take very seriously.”
Gentoo’s first Incredible Edible green route is successfully under way, running from its Havelock housing office to the Secret Garden in Ford Estate, and into Pallion, with everything from vegetables and herbs to fruit trees growing along the way.
“By sharing skills and resources we can all play a part in supporting local communities, businesses and schools to grow and share food,” added Sally.
“Edible landscapes will undoubtedly bring benefits to our communities in Sunderland, and we encourage everyone to get involved.”
Gentoo has also awarded £7,250 SIB cash for a community clean-up project that will be carried out around the Ryhope and Hendon areas, as part of the wider Clean and Grow partnership for the east of the city.
The clean-up will take place between April and October this year.