Edible Garden

Edible Gardens Created For Development By Horticulture Students

Edible gardens will soon be on the menu at The Malings housing development at Ouseburn, Newcastle. Students from Houghall Campus of East Durham College are involved in a six month project to create a sustainable roof garden that is as attractive to eat as it is to see.

The first year City and Guilds horticulture students measured up the site this week, and will be working in twos and threes to design competing schemes for the edible garden. The winning design will be planned in detail over the winter.

In Spring 2015 the edible garden will be planted, creating a unique, crop-producing garden for the show home at The Malings.

Jane Pringle of East Durham College’s Houghall Campus said: “We’re delighted to have been invited to carry out this innovative project, and it’s caught the imagination of our students who are all raring to go on designs that match the ethos of this eco-friendly new development in a special part of Newcastle.”

The Malings is being developed by Carillion-igloo (CiL). David Roberts, director of Igloo Regeneration, said: “We’ve put green issues at the top of the agenda with The Malings, and the edible garden on the roof terrace reflects the unique package the homes offer – fantastic design, high-tech, low energy houses close to a wonderful waterfront and in the cultural and crafts centre of the city.

“It’s great that East Durham College’s horticultural students are competing to create the first edible garden at The Malings. I can’t wait to see the results next spring.”

All the houses at The Malings have gardens, roof terraces or balconies, to create their own green spaces.

The Malings is the first phase of a larger scale redevelopment scheme that will invest £50m in key sites running along both banks of the Ouseburn waterfront which feeds into the River Tyne on Newcastle’s Quayside.

CiL is also creating a walkway linking The Malings to the five-mile pathway along the Quayside, connecting the development to the city centre. The work, which is set to be completed in tandem with the first phase of homes in early 2015, is part of the green and community-focus that is being built into The Malings.

There will be a play area in the centre of the development with seating around for adults and steps looking down to the river. The homeowners will be able to share a raised bed of micro allotments and there are cycle parking and storage facilities throughout.