Veg on the Edge are a group of local people working together in our spare time to create opportunities for community food growing in Shipley and Saltaire (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Anyone is welcome to join in our activities and pick ripe produce from our publicly accessible sites.
We currently have four growing spaces and are planning to create another site later this year at the end of Caroline Street / Baker Street:
Sunday School Garden
Our original garden in Caroline Street car park is on the site of the former Sunday School built by Sir Titus Salt (demolished in 1972). The garden contains three raised beds for veg and salad, and an orchard area with apple and pear trees, soft fruit and an edible flower bed. Feature plants: globe artichoke, sea kale, jostaberry, sunflowers, family apple tree, rose, fuchsia.
Japanese Edible Garden
This garden is outside the Jonathan Silver Building on Exhibition Road, and inspired by the Japanese village that was on this site during the 1887 Royal Jubilee Exhibition. The raised area contains fruit bushes and wok veg, the main garden has a mixture of fruit trees, veg and edible flowers. Features include a mulberry tree, bamboo bean frame, wasabi, ginkgo, a tea plant, dwarf pine and goji berry.
Plot at Platform 1
This new sunny site at Saltaire Rail Station has four raised growing beds. Here you can discover fruit and veg from the countries which supplied raw materials to Salts Mill (Peru, Turkey and Russia) alongside everyday veg that would have been eaten by the Victorian mill workers in the Canteen next door. Feature plants: fig, pomegranate, olive, tomatillos, horseradish, watercress, hop, vine, coffee plant, apricot, cobnut, chilean guava, jerusalem artichokes.
Wash House Garden
We were recently asked by Saltaire Village Society to help look after the raised beds containing herbs in this garden on Caroline Street (near Edward Street and Amelia Street). Feature plants: red elder trees, cardoons, bronze fennel, angelica and lovage.
In progress… new site
We’re now planning new sites so that even more local people can join our friendly group or simply pick fresh veg and herbs when they fancy. One of these sites is the grass verge at the end of Caroline Street where it meets Baker Street. If you live close to this site we’d love to you be involved or hear your thoughts, please get in touch.
A map of our gardens
Top image © Matt O’Brien.