Monthly Archives: October 2013

Great response at our Information Sharing Day

We were truly blessed by glorious autumnal sunshine at our Information Sharing Day on Sunday 6 October. VotE members gathered together to welcome other local residents at the site and share our plans so far.


We were really pleased so many people came along to see us and there was non stop discussion about the possibilities for the site.


All group members got stuck in, taking visitors on tours of the site and showing them where the different proposed features would be located. Special thanks also to Adele from BCEP who was on hand all day to support with the event and to help to explain the plans.


You hopefully spotted our illustrated signs which gave a flavour of what you might discover where in the space.

Donations refreshments

We came well prepared for non stop chatter, and VotE members prepared plenty of refreshments to keep everyone energised. This included some lovely bramble buns made using wild produce from the site. Thanks to the kind people who gave donations which went straight into the pot to help develop the site.

Liz Knitting

Crafty VotE’r Liz also found time to put the final finishing touches to our very own Veg on the Edge bunting. This was complemented wonderfully by drawings from our younger visitors depicting what they would like to see on the site. Carrots in particular being popular!

Kids feedback

It was so useful to hear lots of feedback and thank you to everyone who completed a questionnaire. These will be very helpful when planning next steps. If you’ve not had chance to tell us what you think yet, take a look at the initial designs for the site and follow the link to complete our questionnaire online.


All in all we had a fantastic day and feel very excited about the next stage of the project. If you left your details with us we will be in touch soon to let you know how you can help make the vision for a community food garden become a reality.

Thank you from Team Veg on the Edge!

Group garden


First plans for community food garden revealed

Following a successful application for Community First funding, VotE have been able to work with Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP) to transform the group’s ideas into initial concept plans for the site. You can see these below, click on the image to see a larger version.

We launched these plans at our Information Sharing Day on Sunday 6 October, where they prompted lots of discussion about all the different possibilities. It was fantastic to receive such a positive response and we received some really useful feedback from nearby residents.

For those that couldn’t make this event we’d still love to hear from you.
Click here to complete this quick questionnaire to tell us what features are important to you and if you would like to become involved in creating or using the food garden.

Initial Concept Plans Park Street Site BCEP


Come along to our Information Sharing Day

Sunday 6 October 2013, 11am to 3pm. All welcome.

  • Like the idea of growing food and vegetables?
  • Want to meet your neighbours and have fun?
  • Fancy lending a hand to transform an eyesore into an oasis?

Veg on the Edge (VotE) is a small group of local people who have a vision: to turn an unloved bit of wasteland behind Shipley Fire Station into a community food garden. We’re looking for people to join us and to help make our vision a reality!

We are organising the project in our spare time and are looking for people who can offer green fingers, help with fundraising and red tape, or just energy and enthusiasm.

Come along to our Information Sharing Day on Sunday 6 October for your chance to visit the site, share your views on our initial design plans, and get involved.

The wasteland between Shipley Fire Station on Saltaire Road and the Park Street playing field. Please access the site via the paved road next to Bella Mia Café, 206 Saltaire Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire BD18 3JQ.

The entrance to the site is paved and accessible by prams and wheelchairs. The site itself is very overgrown and uneven. Please wear appropriate footwear and watch your step.

We look forward to meeting you!

Want to know more? Click here to download a press release about the event.

A quick spruce

A merry gang of VotE members headed to the site on Friday afternoon to give the old girl a trim ahead of our Information Sharing Day this Sunday.

We enjoyed our rummage and uncovered a fair share of mini beasts – and a slightly larger beast in the form of our most eager follower Mr Tom Cat. We’re not so sure he is all that pleased to see us interfering with his patch though!

Clearing Site

Hold the front page!

Veg On The Edge take pride of place on the front page of local paper The Aire Valley Advertiser

Veg On The Edge take pride of place on the front page of local paper The Aire Valley Advertiser

Veg On The Edge group members Sarah Read, Andrew Brown and Helen Leach went along to the site on Monday afternoon to strike their best pose for local newspapers the Telegraph & Argus and The Aire Valley Advertiser in order to raise awareness of the Information Sharing Day on Sunday 6 October. Read all about it!