Tuesday, 6 August 2013

First yield from edible flowerbeds presented to the Crypt

Caption: (L-R)-Lady Mayoress Edna Murray, St George’s Crypt executive chef Dave Pilling, Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Tom Murray, with Harry, Louise and (front of shot) Ruby.

The first harvest from an innovative food growing initiative situated outside Leeds Civic Hall has been donated by the city’s Lord Mayor Councillor Tom Murray to local homeless charity St George’s Crypt.

As part of the “Feeds Leeds” project, which was set up last year with the aim of increasing local food growing and consumption, four edible flower beds were placed outside the Civic Hall following a city-wide competition.

With edible produce such as tomatoes, lettuces, thyme, lavender, fennel, French beans and onions now reaching maturity from the beds, the Lord Mayor met with the Crypt’s chief executive Chris Fields and executive chef Dave Pilling, to present the first yield from the crop, and to discuss further contributions to the charity in the future.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray said:

“St George’s Crypt provides a range of important services for the homeless in the city, and I thought it was a great idea to donate the fruit and vegetables which have been produced from the Feed Leeds edible flowerbeds outside the Civic Hall to the charity.

“This is just the first of what we hope will be many yields, and I am delighted that the council has also made a commitment to provide the Crypt with further produce from these particular beds in the future.”

Chris Fields, chief executive, St George’s Crypt said:

“Feed Leeds really is a fantastic initiative, and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to use the produce from these edible flowerbeds for the meals that we provide to our clients.”

Notes to editors:

The Feed Leeds partnership aims to promote and support community food growing projects across the city.

The winners of the competition to design an edible flowerbed outside Leeds Civic Hall were: Richard Howson of Right Choices Community Project, pupils from Sharp Lane Primary School, Jennifer Lawrence of Headingley Community Orchard and The ‘Saturday Family Drop In’ at Leeds Central Library.

For more information on Feed Leeds, please see www.feedleeds.org

Details on the work which is provided by St George’s Crypt in the city to support the homeless can be found at: http://www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk/charity/

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk