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 other volunteers – Ronnie Pullen and Steven Jackson – into a variety of garden and homeware items. Ronnie and Steve 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.