Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Edible High Road last year, there were plans afoot to run an Edible Askew Road, our very local 'high street', we felt we had to be part of it. Cathy Maund, Director of the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, took up the role as official leader, in charge of all the grown-up stuff and everything horticultural. A band of us (latterly known as the three musketeers) took on the challenge of designing the publicity materials and devising a treasure trail.
Chelsea Fringe festival, it is a feel-good community project to put fruit trees along the Askew Road, promoting the idea of fresh, locally grown food, support our native bees and butterflies and generally beautify our patch. Early on Saturday morning the lovely little fruit trees were delivered to all the shops taking part.
We sponsored ours to go at Long Live Vintage in exchange for a 3 week 'residency' in the shop. By 11.00am we were set up on Starch Green (yes, our local green is called Starch Green) with our Treasure Trail table ready to go.
Albert & Friends Instant Circus troupe, who performed on the Green and went up and down Askew Road on stilts and unicycles to spread the word. The library was running activities all day and the Askew Road Church had a plant sale.
Twitter read like a dream: 'The Askew Road was buzzing', 'I went into two shops I've never been in before,' 'I've never seen Askew Road so busy.' The Eagle, opposite the Green, had a barbecue out the front and many wandered over there for a drink, lunch or ice-cream.
Finlay Brewer or the Askew Road Library. And we're even doing a special trail for some of the local schools to keep them busy over half-term. Many thanks to all who have donated 'treasure': Rococo Chocolates, Seed Pantry, Seedball, Divine Chocolate, W6 Garden Centre and Hammersmith Community Gardens Association. And of course, thank you to all the shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses that have sponsored a tree. You'll have to walk up Askew Road, W12, to see who they all are - and what they were 100 years ago...
Photos by the third musketeer, Annie Pennington, whose trees for Digitalplot and Askew Business Network are outside Askewine.