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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh appoints new Market Gardener

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has announced the appointment of Ben Dell as their new Market Gardener for the Edible Garden. This newly created, position is funded by Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the venue’s hospitality and catering partner.

Ben, who has worked at RBGE for close to ten years and helped set up the Edible Garden project, will oversee the development of its vegetable patches with the aim of creating a sustainable supply of home-grown produce for Sodexo’s chefs to use in the John Hope Gateway Restaurant, Terrace Café and the staff canteen.  

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, The Edible Gardening Project is also an educational initiative holding regular ‘grow your own’ workshops to teach people the skills and knowledge they need to cultivate their own produce.  

The south-facing plot, which is nearly an acre in size, is home to an array of herbs and vegetables from staples like, leeks and lettuce to horticulture showstoppers such as beetroot, Brussel sprouts and kale.  

Assisted by three volunteers, Ben’s duties will include working closely with Sodexo head chef Ben Harrison to ensure a steady stream of fresh ingredients is available for use on seasonal menus across the Garden’s food offering.  

Paul Mitchell, Catering Services Director, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “We’re delighted to support the Edible Garden and champion sustainably grown produce. People today care more than ever about the origins of their food with access to fresh, seasonal produce front of mind for many foodies and consumers.

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