Macosquin ‘Incredible Edible’
Enjoy having a small plot beside the church to grow fruit and vegetables and share your produce with other allotment holders or with people in the village who have an interest in the project. Become involved in different activities and become a good neighbour to someone who is in need of a helping hand. Speak with Kenny Campbell to find out more.
Steven and Andrew McAfee on Sat 18 May 2013, the wettest day of the year, after erecting the Macosquin 'Incredible Edible' allotment shed with their gaffer, Kenny Campbell. It was so wet that the NW200 was stopped, but nothing stops volunteers of the Parish of Camus-
The shed is a focus of interest for the allotment holders and people of the village. It is situated between the church and Mary Pat's Bar, surrounded by vegetable plots and faces the Croquet lawn. It is a place to meet, relax, and chat as folk drink cups of tea around a log-
'The Incredible Edible' project moved into the next phase with a splendid home for the chickens and an enclosed hen-
A team of volunteers share the eggs and the responsibility of looking after the birds.
The Sunday Club leaders created a massive potato patch for the children to plant. A communal soft fruit area has raspberry canes, currants and gooseberry bushes donated by Dell Cooper who runs a Garden Nursery in Limavady. We have also been given a couple of Bramley apple trees from a Loughgall orchard which were planted at Easter.
The Macosquin Village Community Association and St. Mary’s Church launched this exciting new project in 2012 to unite people in a common purpose, as they work together in mini allotment patches, growing fruit and vegetables for themselves, each other and to share with the community.
Hugh Hamilton, proprietor of Mary Pats’ Bar set aside a piece of ground between the pub and the church for the project. Warren Nevin prepared it for planting. We are grateful to Hugh for making this possible and to Warren who did the landscaping work.
Community Policeman PC Billy Smith has been promoting the scheme in the village and raised interest in the Macosquin Playgroup, Macosquin Primary School Gardening Club, the village Football Club, the local lodge of the Orange Order, individuals in the community and members of the congregation in St Mary’s Church.
‘Incredible Edible’ is a venture which is reminiscent of the TV Series, ‘The good Life,’ starring Felicity Kendall and Richard Briers and their efforts to be self-
It began in the Yorkshire village of Todmorden several years ago and was so successful that the idea has spread throughout Britain. In Ireland the nearest participating community until now was Cloughmills.