In the heart of Leamington Old Town stands a disused railway viaduct that hasn’t carried a train for almost a hundred years. The most frequent visitors to it in that time have been birds. Most of the human population barely notice it. We believe that this piece of Victorian railway history could now become a major community feature and resource, bringing an exciting and innovative project to this Warwickshire town, that owes its growth to Queen Victoria herself.
The 'Trackside' project at Bath Place in Leamington Spa will convert the top of this disused railway viaduct into a community energy and local food growing project.
Solar PV panels and a revolutionary waste to energy technology will power the classroom, kitchen and Keder greenhouse. Associated garden craft workshops will provide back to work employment for disadvantaged adults, recycling unwanted pallets into well crafted planters for creating community garden compost boxes and raised beds.
A covered, straw bale lined classroom / workshop on the Trackside viaduct will support planter construction, fruit and vegetable planting and will provide back to work skills and experience and an enjoyable indoor / outdoor activity.
The efficient Keder greenhouse will provide growing space for raising and nurturing seedlings for the growing area on the viaduct and to supply the Leamington Spa Incredible Edible town gardens with plants. As the project develops through 2018 we expect to expand the food growing in the Keder greenhouse and even develop food preparation training.