Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale

Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale (PIER) is a community allotment on Belfield Road in Rochdale and covers all aspects of gardening.

Petrus acquired the land in July 2016 and have worked hard to make it what it is today.

We have a number of exciting projects that we are currently working on:

Incredible Edibles

PIER is a member of the wider Incredible Edible Network, representing Rochdale. Their vision is to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food. The movement was founded in Todmorden and its model has been replicated worldwide by growing and sharing food in public spaces.

Pocket Park

Funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the community garden is open to the public to use as a recreational space, whether that be to bring a picnic, walk around the site or just have a break. We also host a range of events throughout the year that are open to all.

Apna Ilaaka Partnership

The Apna Ilaaka partnership is a new project which started in 2018 to bring two communities together to increase community cohesion and access to services at Petrus and Kashmir Youth Projects, in particular through their elders' group. To date there are two main sub-projects under this partnership.

Greening Grey project

PIER was awarded £500 from the RHS Greening Grey Britain fund as part of their campaign to improve the environment. The money was used to buy hanging baskets and plant pots for Belfield Road to transform it from a grey, concrete area into a road of colourful floral displays which was done in partnership with KYP.

Near Neighbours Urban Church Fund

A second part of the Apna Ilaaka project saw the development of a multicultural herb project that looked into the historical and medicinal uses of herbs amongst the people of Rochdale.

We worked with a herbalist, Zoe Naylor, and artist David Chatton Barker to explore peoples' knowledge of herbs, how to make herbal teas and other remedies, create artwork using plants, natural dyes and traditional printing methods, and above all bring our groups together. We have now created the KYP and Petrus Herb Project book that documents the knowledge discovered.

Therapeutic horticulture and gardening on prescription

Rachael Bennion, the PIER Engagement and Development Worker, is a qualified therapeutic horticulture practitioner. PIER offers a 'gardening on prescription' service that be accessed via self-referral or referrals from health services and other support services. The benefits of community-based gardening on health and wellbeing has long been documented and is increasingly being recognised as an excellent all-round therapeutic intervention that can be accessed by all.

Tatton Park

PIER has been invited to apply for a Show Garden at Tatton Park in 2019. If successful, PIER will have a chance to showcase its work at the highest level. Watch this space!

Community gardening

The allotment is open to all members of the public and visitors are more than welcome to come. It facilitates group sessions with schools, nurseries, health-based organisations and many more. All are welcome to use PIER!

One of the greatest benefits of community gardening is how it brings people together from all walks of life in a shared desire to create and appreciate nature.

Awards

PIER has been recognised for its work in the community and has received several top awards:

  • PIER won three Thriving Awards at the regional North West In Bloom Awards for its Incredible Edible Allotment, Pocket Park and Apna Ilaaka Partnership project with Kashmir Youth Project (KYP)
  • PIER was recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for its work around therapeutic horticulture
  • PIER was also part of the wider Rochdale In Bloom efforts which received 17 awards at the North West In Bloom awards. Including Britain In Bloom, the total number of awards is over 60!

Get involved

Anyone can come and join in at PIER, for more information and contact details please contact us.

PIER is always in need of volunteers. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved.

Contact

If you would like more information, please contact Rachael on 01706 345844 or email rachel.bennion@petrus.org.uk

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