Edible Avondale SE1 is a social enterprise founded by Corporation of London resident Christina (Nilsen) Wheatley in 2014 to deliver community carpentry and food growing activities to local residents, using a 20ft shipping container and recycled materials.
Christina secured a Start Up Award from UnLtd to site a 20ft shipping container on Avondale Square Estate in Southwark. The container was fitted out with workbenches and local firms B&Q and Selco donated wooden pallets which were recycled by Christina and two volunteers into a variety of garden and homeware items. The volunteers have since moved onto employment and other developmental opportunities.
Edible Avondale SE1 currently sells bird boxes, herb boxes and wine racks for £5 per item at local community festivals, fetes and fun days. Proceeds are reinvested into Edible Avondale SE1.
In 2015, Christina secured a place at the School of Social Entrepreneurs in London Bridge, SE1, and was awarded funding towards a ‘trainer in the container’ to teach carpentry to local people. In 2016, Edible Avondale SE1 became a Community Interest Company (registered no. 10157466) and the project has recently relocated to Rotherhithe.