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West Leeds: Petal power as flowers grow in an edible bed

Bev Smith from Calverley Horticultural Society and Lee-Ann Ruddiman of Zenith.

Bev Smith from Calverley Horticultural Society and Lee-Ann Ruddiman of Zenith.

A flower bed in a Leeds village park is looking good enough to eat – as the blooms have been replaced by organic vegetables.

Volunteers from Calverley Horticultural Society and local business Zenith teamed up to fill the bed in Victoria Park, Calverley, with entirely edible plants.

They put in 1,000 plants, including 500 lettuces, 60 sweet corn and 80 beetroot during a planting session.

Fennel, chard and globe artichokes were also planted in the bed, which is part of the Feed Leeds Edible Beds project.

The Feed Leeds scheme aims to which aims to bring individuals, groups and organisations together to promote and support food growing in the city.

Earlier this year Leeds City Council held a ‘design an edible flowerbed’ competition and the winning designs have now been created in beds outside the Civic Hall.

 

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