On Saturday 5th September, we gathered a group of 15 residents and volunteers to clean, dig and plant at the disused Warwick road raised bed – a notorious fly-tipping and drugs hotspot. After clearing glass and debris amassed over the years, the team set about removing deeply rooted weeds and tree stumps in order to turn the soil. More than 15 rubble bags and 5 hours later, planting of more than 200 vegetable and fruit seeds, bulbs and plants took place, to the joy of residents and passers-by.

Many thanks are due to Edible High Town for their guidance, support and tools as well as volunteers from Madinah Mosque and the Parish of All Saints church.

– First published on Portland Watch.