Edible Ebbsfleet

Edible Ebbsfleet is a community activation initiative which works with, and supports local residents to develop a series of small scale food growing initiatives along local streets, parks and gardens both to transform the image of the area and to promote education on the health benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

The existing communities adjacent to Ebbsfleet Garden City have health indices over 30% lower than the national average, including a high incidence of childhood obesity, and adult type 2 diabetes. Edible Ebbsfleet will help local people take control of their own health outcomes by making healthy eating fun.  Through food growing, residents will be encouraged to get involved, to grow, to cook, to eat and to get to know their neighbours.

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There are now FIVE Edible Ebbsfleet Gardens that you can get involved in – or go along and get your fruit and veg.

close up of fruits on treeThe Edible Garden at St Mary, Greenhithe is led by the Edible Garden for Swanscombe and Greenhithe Partnership – contact the Project Coordinator, Sue Butterfill on 07757 494621 to get involved!

Best time to visit – there is a community café on Wednesday mornings from 9am. Click here for directions toSt May, Greenhithe

close up of vegetable sign in soilThe Edible Garden at St Peter and St Paul Church Centre in Swanscombe is the latest garden. Run by the Edible Garden for Swanscombe and Greenhithe- contact Sue Butterfill as above to find out more. Click here for directions to St Peter and St Paul Church

There are also  Edible Gardens at Ebbsfleet International Railway station- managed by the station management team. If you are passing through and want to be involved just ask for the station manager.

Click here for directions to Ebbsfleet International Railway Station

kids around a table covered with plantsThe Enchanted Garden was our first and is also where  No Walls Gardens are based in Northfleet, a horticultural charity and long-standing supporter of Edible Ebbsfleet. To find out more and get involved click here for information on No Wall Gardens

Close up of childs hand dropping seeds into a pot with filled with soilEastgate Edible Garden is located at the Eastgate Community Centre and the base of Eastgate Church, on Springhead Park in Northfleet. Click here for directions to Eastgate Community Centre

Some ideas for your edible garden

Landscape architect Matthew Halsall (https://mh-studio.co.uk/) has produced the attached ideas and inspiration for us

Montage of fruit and vegetables that could be grown around Ebbsfleetphoto montage of upcycled productsPhoto montage of lots of different fruits berries and vegetables that can be forraged

Already setting a good example

Ebbsfleet Garden City and our Edible Ebbsfleet have been used as an example of  good practice in the Town and Country Planning Association’s publication Planning for Green and Prosperous Places.  This is the latest in a series of practical guides for designing and delivering successful new communities and Garden Cities. Read it by clicking on the link below.

Garden City Standards for the 21st century - guide 7, planning for green and prosperous places