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Incredible Edible Rochdale

Funded on Spacehive 7 February 2014

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Incredible Edible Rochdale

Incredible Edible Rochdale

High Street Foundation By High Street Foundation

IER will transform unused and disused spaces in Rochdale town centre into beautiful food growing hotspots. Local communities, shops, schools and colleges will adopt a plot and become urban farmers.

Rochdale Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 07 Feb 2014!

We want to juxtapose small pockets of living land against the industrial heritage of Rochdale Town Centre. In the spirit of the birthplace of the Co-operative movement we want local residents to work together to produce food, learn new skills, create novel points of interest and increase the amount of green space within the town centre.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide seeds and other start up materials for each group.
  • Provide tools that will be stored centrally in the Town Hall and can be booked out by any participating group.
  • Provide a small piece of land, raised bed or saddleback planter for cultivation and food growing for a group to own.
  • Provide expert food growing workshops to ensure groups are making the most of their plot.

Why it's a great idea:

Local food, grown by local people, learning new skills eaten in local restaurants and cafes. People, young and old from all types of cultural and ethnic back grounds will be learning new skills and working together. The footfall of the town centre will increase and interest in the natural environment will rise. Under used and under maintained spots will be utilised and turned into beautiful points of interest. We will increase biodiversity and promote the beauty that is local produce. We are already helping local producers by supplying chalk boards from which, marketstall holders can promote their locally produced goods. This along with the food growing will serve as a high profile catalyst from which other communities across the borough can start their own community food growing schemes on underused or unattractive local land.

Steps to get it done:

  • Assign selected plots to interested groups and ensure we all understand whats expected.
  • Buy tools, seeds and wood for raised beds from local suppliers.
  • Meet with local shops and organisations to look for sponsors of plots.


Location Rochdale

About the space

Open pedestrianised areas, shopping streets.


Rochdale MBC

How will the money be spent?Total £8,107

Planter/raised beds - £4,000 (49%)
Top soil and compost - £1,600 (20%)
2 hour "How to plant" workshops x 10 - £1,000 (12%)
Gardening tools 10 sets - £900 (11%)
Seeds - £250 (3%)
Other - £357 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Planter/raised beds
Top soil and compost
2 hour "How to plant" workshops x 10
Gardening tools 10 sets
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £8,107

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