The co-founder of a scheme which encourages people to grow their own vegetables and share them with their community spent three days in the town recently looking at the Edible Eastbourne project.
Mary Clear, who co-founded Incredible Edible Todmorden, also gave a talk about the scheme and how edible groups can move forward.
She attended an evening at the Leaf Hall and also a breakfast networking event at the Dolphin pub in South Street.
After her visit Mary said, “I am not the easiest woman to impress but impressed I was with the Edible Eastbourne group, which put together a timetable that really was a ball breaker and deal breaker, it couldn’t fail to positively influence the journey.
“We saw some lovely little growing projects: food growing in carports on a Hampden Park social housing project, an eco garden started seven years ago in Wadhurst Close and Matthew 25, which have all the love required and great surrounding gardens.
“The Renee White neighbourhood community garden gave us a chance to talk practicalities and the joy, yes the joy of learning lessons. Community work is a process, a long slow process with time and trust as the key factors. Quick fixes don’t work, and reflection and renewed energy are the revolving doors of hope.
“The group has that rare ability to know when things are wrong but not to blame, just reflect on what to do next. We had lunch in a fab little veggie café, Miss Walls Back Garden and I had a glass of the green stuff.
“Edible Eastbourne’s Incredible Evening The Big Do at Leaf Hall was just that - a really big do; a fancy do; a brilliantly organised do. I’ve done hundreds of events and this was one of the prettiest with details small and large attended to.
“The Edible Eastbourne Breakfast saw borough councillors, Martyn Relf, the churches rep, Fiona the apple queen, Martin, the parks manager, Nick, the environment man and Andrew the bee person - all the energy and visionaries in one darkish room on a mission for a kinder, greener, fairer town.
“Watch this space, Eastbourne the kindest, tastiest town, the apple kingdom by the sea, led by truly collaborative, caring people.”
For more information visit www.edibleeastbourne.org