Community Garden in Shambles Food Court

Edible York in Shambles food Court

Home-grown herbs for Shambles Food Court traders.

The newly-developed Shambles Food Court, next to Shambles Market, received a makeover on Wednesday 15th March at 10:30am, when a group of local volunteers spent the morning installing flowerbeds and planting herbs, trees and vegetables to brighten up the area.

Make It York teamed up with experts at Edible York, a local charity which seeks to help new groups of residents, schools and in this case – market stall holders and shoppers, to develop their own way of growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Since building their first community run ‘veg bed’ outside the Barbican in 2010, a project funded by City of York Council, the volunteer-lead group have installed further community gardens on Peasholme Green and Whip-ma-whop-ma-Gate growing edible trees and plants.

Fanned cooking cherry trees were planted in purpose-built units in the Shambles Food Court, along with a range of herbs and vegetables, including flat leaf parsley, Moroccan mint and Swiss chard.

Bill Eve from Edible York said, ‘This new project is a great demonstration of how even small and quite shady spaces can be made to look lovely and produce delicious food to eat’.

Gianna Lombardi-Roberts, who has co-ordinated a group of volunteers to tend the garden said ‘this is a welcome challenge for Edible York volunteers! Local residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy tasting the herbs (in small doses please!) and offer a hand with looking after them. We are grateful to Little Italy Restaurant on Goodramgate and Harrison’s Fruit and Vegetable stall on the market for their support, as well as Tomasz and Marco from KREP in the Shambles Food Court.’

Tarik Abdeladim, who sells North African and Levantine street food at Los Moros in the Shambles Food Court, said ‘I’m looking forward to seeing the new planters enhance the area, adding some more colour, and it’ll be great to have home-grown herbs available for every day cooking.’

Simon Long, from Shambles Kitchen said ‘We always use fresh herbs in our food, so to have these growing so locally in the Shambles Food Court will be perfect and really convenient.’

Members of the York community are encouraged to get involved and help care for the plants; please contact info@edibleyork.org.uk for more information on how to help.