Incredible Edible food growing at Winchester Station

Growing salad at Winchester Station

Incredible Edible Winchester installed the last of four wooden planters on Winchester railway station this week, packed with delicious vegetables, fruit and herb plants. Incredible Edible is a local group of volunteers who are passionate about growing food, reducing food waste and reducing the carbon footprint of food. The planters aim to inspire people to grow their own fruit and vegetables, and eat local seasonal food.

All the plants are edible. When a vegetable or fruit is ready to be picked, people are welcome to harvest what they need. When the time is right, they will be marked green.

We want people to see the changes in seasons and be inspired to grow their own. If you can grow here, you can grow anywhere!” said Sarah Gooding, chair of Incredible Edible Winchester. “We have named all the planters so they can be easily identified. Planter Rosemary on the north bound platform has herbs, broad leaf salad and climbing beans, Viola and Angelica are on the south bound side and Olive, full of aromatic herbs and salad leaves, is outside the ticket hall.

The planters were built and installed by Perlins community project in Winnall, supported by a grant from Lloyd’s Community Fund and Winchester Action on Climate Change. The volunteers will maintain the planters with the help of the station staff throughout the year providing edible plants and lush vegetation.

Incredible Edible would love to hear from other organisations or businesses who would be interested in having their own edible planter, or from anyone who would like to get involved in the group. Contact food@winacc.org.uk or via the Facebook page IncredibleEdibleWinchester.

Photo – Charlotte Bailey, Ceila Cox and Clare Shorter from Incredible Edible planting outside Winchester Station