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Edible Parks!


This week six apple trees were planted in Barleymow Park, Hendon, Sunderland.

John & Ian working as Mary … supervises?

Friends of Backhouse & Barleymow Parks showing inspiring vision for others to follow were successful in their funding bid receiving funds from Sunderland City Council’s Community Chest. 

The varieties planted from left to right viewed from path are:


James Grieve


Egremont Russet


Summer Red

Karl in the foreground with Paul at the rear.

The project was assisted by three other local community groups:

Hendon Natural Community Garden

Friends of Doxford Park

Back on The Map

Following other local communities around the world, inspired by social movements such as the Transition Network, Incredible Edible Network and the Permaculture Association they are at the forefront of a movement with it’s eye firmly on a different future from that which we have become accustomed to. Given the recent IPCC report showing that we have only 12 years to make unprecedented changes to keep global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5C beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Job done!

It is generally accepted that these changes will need to come from the ‘bottom up’ rather than ‘top down’ as governments seem incapable of making the changes necessary.

Facing the converging crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and soil depletion urban parks & other green spaces can play a part in building a more sustainable and regenerative future. 

Planting fruit trees and other perennial crops supports the local food movement and educates our children about where their food comes from. Sowing wildflower seeds support our declining pollinators and other insects which are at the base of several food chains.

Taking actions such as these supports at least nine of the United Nations 17 Global Development Goals, see previous blog  Who Will Care For The Parks?

4 thoughts on “Edible Parks!

  1. alan charlton

    Celebrating another fruitful day in Sunderland…local people collaborating and changing the story so that their practical actions are contributing to the building of social capital and community resilience… well done.

  2. Mary

    Such an upbeat event! The apple trees look beautiful and will produce lovely blossom then tasty apples. Please look after them ….. free to the mams and bairns in Hendon. I’m thinking next year….apple crumbles and then toffee apples. Huge thanks to the people who did good stuff!

  3. Paul

    With over 3000 varieties of Apple enjoyed by the public in the UK. These Six varities sound maybe, insignificant. However, if every village, Town and City did the same, in every Park. We would be cutting down imports and food Miles across the Country. Especially, if combined with the planting of other popular Fruits too, such as diverse Berry bushes, Pears and Strawberries. Imagine the yield of healthy naturally grown Fruit! Not forgetting the health benefits for Children, Adults and our pollinators too. As already mentioned. We all, from grass roots up, can and should, lead and force a Government rethink. Towards a more healthy, better environentally sustainable future. “Little sparks, can cause a BIG Fire”? I feel good to have helped a little. I’m looking forward to a piece of healthy Apple Pie next Year.

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