If you are in Liverpool walking along Seel Street you may come across this plaque on the wall just around the corner from Liverpool ONE's Tesco Superstore. In the centre of this commercial centre it's hard to imagine that it was once a green and pleasant space but this plaque reveals that the area around Hanover street, including the land the Tesco now sits on, used to be full of market gardens.
Memories of Mr Seel's Garden is a collaboration between Transition Liverpool, Friends of Everton Park and the Friends of Sudley Estate, as well as academics from Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The main aim of the project is to explore how engaging local communities with the changing patterns of urban food production might contribute to current grassroots efforts within Liverpool to raise awareness around current food issues. The project team have been collecting examples of stories inspired by local food heritage since February 2012, wondering if knowing more about where we used to get our food from might inspire other radical ideas about where we could grow our food in the future.
I was lucky enough to meet Michelle Bastian who is one of the researchers working on the project and she asked if I would like to come on board for the final stage of the project to develop a performance sharing stories that have been gathered as part of the project as part of a final celebration event that will take place at The Bluecoat in Liverpool on the 27th January. I am delighted to be part of the project and also really excited to be able to use the process I am involved in as one of the projects for my diploma portfolio. It is great to be part of such a brilliant project which also allows me to put my permaculture design learning into practice within a real life context. I will keep you updated as the project develops. And maybe some of you will be able to join us for the sharing on the 27th January 2013? Hope to see you there!