DASH have created an edible garden with the help of two local organisations, Edible Gilesgate and Houghall Horticultural Society. The garden will benefit our residents who have been involved in establishing the garden.

Edible Gilesgate is a Growing Durham project, funded by the County Durham Foundation, part of Food Durham; the County Durham Food Partnership hosted by Durham Community Action.

Edible Gilesgate aims to bring people together and support their wellbeing through activities around food and growing. Edible Gilesgate have worked with DASH in developing our garden and have provided support with planning & advice and funding for planters (made to measure using recycled timber by local CIC The Woodpile), soil, compost, fertilizer, labels, containers and edible plants. 

Houghall Horticultural Society was formed almost 30 years ago and has a membership of approximately 140 people. They are a group of enthusiastic gardeners, some who are just learning the basics and some who have extensive knowledge, but all are willing to share ideas and information. At Christmas each year they donate raffle money to a charity and in December 2018 they made a donation to DASH and that is how the Society became involved in our Edible Garden project. Since then members have donated plants (vegetables, herbs, fruit bushes and fruit trees), helped with the planting (pictured above) and given us some valuable horticultural advice. 

DASH staff, residents and volunteers have worked really hard to create this beautiful garden. Everything is growing very well and there should be a tasty harvest.