Edible Estates is an initiative to promote the best practice in the regeneration of greenspace within social housing estates.
The initiative is the result of a collaboration of several third sector organisations and Re:Solution, an urban design practice.
Edible Estates is an initiative of Re:Solution. Re:Solution is an urban design and development practice set up by social entrepreneur Greig Robertson. Re:Solution has been involved in researching and promoting the best practice in urban greenspace since 1999, and has set up many community food-growing projects (see side bar). Re:Solution provides project design, development and management services to establish Edible Estates projects.
The Edible Estates project would not be possible without the partnership of the community anchor organisations in each neighbourhood:
The Health Agency:
Is a third sector body established to promote health & wellbeing in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh. The Health Agency is the lead community anchor organisation of the Wester Hailes Edible Estates project, which now comprises several community food-growing sites, a youth training team, a healthy eating programme and natural play initiative.
The Community Alliance Trust:
Is a development trust established to serve the communities of wider Craigmillar. CAT and its sister organisation the Neighbourhood Alliance, have sponsored several best-practice community development projects in Craigmillar.
What is an Edible Estate?
Edible Estate’s approach is to understand the greenspace around a social housing estate as a valuable resource, which with the right support, communities can transform into beautiful, enjoyable and edible landscapes.
More so, in the act of getting organised, setting goals, learning skills and working together, such projects can have a big positive impact upon the the community itself.
We hope for each Edible Estates project to facilitate a new relationship between households and their local greenspace, which promotes community resilience, health and well-being.
If you are interested in establishing a community greenspace project in your neighbourhood please get in touch.