Cleaner Greener Safer Edible Hedge project at Brayards Estate

This partnership project with Brayards Estate Tenants & Residents Association that will plant edible wildlife hedge around the boundary of the Estate green space, create a dog free area for local children and also installed new outdoor equipment (oven and tennis table) in the community garden.

Edible Hedging

The idea for the edible hedging was to compensate for not being able to fence-off the complete estate boundary with metal fencing as it was not allowed by CGS previously. Metal fencing would also not be very “green” and sustainable. However, we needed something to section of parts of the estate to the general public, especially dog walkers (specifically the non-responsible ones). An edible hedge will make it more difficult to for non-responsible residents to use the grassed area for dog exercise (and the associated dog-fouling). The hedge will also provide edible fruits to the residents (gooseberries, hazel nut, wild pear, cherry plum, elderberry etc). In addition it will also improve local air quality.

BETRA decided that we would use the area for the edible hedge as part of the estate, close to Caulfield Rd and Firbank Rd. It is unfortunate that the area is spoilt due to dog walkers (even responsible caring dog walkers are now complaining that they can’t take their dogs onto the area due to the amount of dog mess).

Dog-free area for local children

Part of this area shall be fenced off to turn it into a dog free area for local children. Future activities in this area will include:

  • Gardening for young people (as planters have already been installed in the area but at present is not suitable due to the on going problem of dog mess).
  • Environmental education for young people 

Table Tennis Table & Bread/ Pizza oven

In addition we will install an outdoor table tennis table and an outdoor bread-making oven for local residents to be healthy (sports) and to eat healthy, making their own bread/ pizza.
Cleaning Concrete Area + Poles

Through the project we will by a Karcher (water pressure cleaner) to clean various concreted areas and the big concrete poles surrounding the on-site parking area (they used to be white but are now grey/ black). The equipment can be used thereafter.

It is hoped that this project will be of great benefit to the estate, local residents and to the wider community. Work shops will be developed and that in turn will help create further projects encouraging a pick and share from the edible hedge and we hope to work with others, individuals and groups, encouraging other initiatives linking in with our fruit trees and organic vegetables and herbs in a programmed healthy eating project. In time the hedge will also help to protect local people from pollution and provide a more attractive green space. It will also improve local air quality. The grass area will continue to be maintained by the council.

The project also proposes to install an outdoor table tennis table in the community garden & traditional outdoors bread/ pizza oven. The tennis table shall be of great benefit to the local young people providing a great way to do healthy exercise. While the traditional outdoors oven would be a great resource for healthy eating projects & community events.

We shall also purchase a water pressure washer which shall be used by volunteers to clean parts of the Estate park / community areas (especially the dirty concrete poles and other parts of the estate).The project will be of benefit to all the community in and around the estate. There are 92 properties on the estate and we have the “ Friends of Brayards” who come from out of the area and some from greater distances. There is the “Better Living Group” for the visually impaired and those with Learning Difficulties who actually volunteer their help in the garden and we are also linked in with other environmental groups namely “Embrace” and “Project Dirt” in the development of creating a healthy and safe environment for all and we plan to also visit other gardens and share ideas.

The dog free play area will be of great benefit to the local children who see the estate now as green and safe, becoming their local park. The play area will offer a safe and friendly area for residents and their children to do activities such as gardening or learning about the environment.