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Redacre Growing Project

Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom

Redacre Growing Project is an allotment cooperative focused on community and biodiversity and growing crops. There are individual plots and polytunnel spaces for members, raised beds rented to new growers, a bee and chicken group, a roundhouse and a wood-fired pizza oven. The land was developed a decade ago from a derelict landfill site to provide space for locals to grow their produce but evolved to be a place of rich biodiversity since pesticides and synthetic fertilisers are banned. There are several types of fruit trees, a medicinal herb garden, a wildflower meadow and a pond surrounded by various trees and a canal with a mooring. The area provides a home for pollinators, preserving the diversity of the local insect and birdlife, a plethora of bat species, foxes and even re-homed hedgehogs. Almost everything on-site has been reclaimed, reused, repurposed or built by the members. In 2020, they replaced rotten raised beds with new ones made from recycled plastic to last for years and help many generations of growers get their hands in the soil. The community meets regularly for workdays, always combined with food to share, a fire, and often music and singing. From Wassailing to spooky storytelling events, all people are welcome to join and enjoy this special spot in all seasons.

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Vegetable grower, natural beekeeper and edible spaces designer. Lover of all soil and urban farming techniques. Former head of growing at Incredible Aquagarden.