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Macosquin ‘Incredible Edible’


Despite a slow start this year’s growing  season proved  very successful for our allotment holders, some of whom had a bumper crop  of fruit and vegetables.  Joy White taught jam-making skills  and  her trainees  made over 30lbs of excellent jam.  We  were recently given  3 lovely bantams for our poultry flock.  The season finished with an Allotment Holders’ Patio  Tea party beside the shed.



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. Look after our chickens for one day each week and  be rewarded with  the eggs  for that day. 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-juxta-Bann or the members of Macosquin Village Community Association!

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-burning stove and plan new activities for the community.  There is a patio area for BBQ parties in front of the shed and eventually an open-air community pizza oven!





Previously ..........
June 2012
'The Incredible Edible' project moved into the next phase with a splendid home for the chickens and an enclosed hen-run.
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.


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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-sufficient in home-grown vegetables.

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.



 
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