Walk and eat your way around Hexham, be inspired to grow your own and help reduce food miles. That’s the message in our new ‘Edible Hexham Trail’. The easy three kilometre (two mile) trail mixes local food history with a walk around all the Edible Hexham beds and the Community Garden. You can pick up recipes using locally grown ingredients on the way and there’s also an extension that takes you to Tyne Green and the Community Orchard. The trail is being launched at the Hexham Farmers Market this Saturday, 1th September as part of Heritage Open Days.
The Edible Hexham beds dotted around the town are managed by Transition Tynedale volunteers and everyone is invited to pick and use the various leaves, herbs and fruit that grow in them. With climate change and potential food shortages increasingly on the agenda, the Transition Tynedale team suggest that it is more important than ever to think and grow local as much as we can. The Edible Hexham beds and the Community Garden give examples of what can be grown right here, even in small spaces.
Recipes created for Transition Tynedale by Jane Torday, local food writer, take things one step further and give some great ideas for using those herbs and leaves.
Why wait, download your copy of the Trail and Recipes and get started now!
Some good things coming up from Transition Tynedale – a brief update
Edible Hexham and Heritage Open days – Market stall Saturday 11th September
This Saturday! Market Stall promoting our new Edible Hexham Trail, a lovely local walk. Come along to get your copy and find out more. So important to do all we can to encourage local growing and reduce those food miles. Also find out about what the Hexham Community Partnership has pulled together for the week of Heritage Open Days
Our annual plant swap stall at the Hexham Farmers Market will this year be on May 22nd from 9am-1.30pm. Bring along any spare veg or fruit seedlings, seeds or pollinator plants to the stall to swap with something you don’t have; please label plants with the variety. This is a good chance to try something new or replace failed crops, you never know what you might find… If you have nothing to swap don’t worry – just leave a small donation – all proceeds to go to the Food Bank! If you can’t make the date you can drop plants at Chris & Megan’s house any time during the week before (Barrowden, Osborne Avenue, NE46 3JN – just leave on the driveway). We will also need willing volunteers to help on the day – no expertise required though keen gardeners are always helpful to answer those tricky questions!
We are greatly looking forward to this event, particularly with the Covid related hiatus of last year.
Tues 6th April, 8pm – 9pm, Transition Tynedale Talk: Hexham Swift ProjectKeith Buchanan will introduce our latest project: Hexham Swift Heaven, aiming to increase the population of swifts around Hexham. Find out why swifts are so special, why they are in trouble and what Hexham is doing about it!Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3er9UIS Passcode: swifts
Some brilliant news for Hexham Space for Nature! At the meeting of Hexham Town Council on 8 March 2021, the Mayor, Councillor Bob Hull, made his 2021 Environment Award to the community organisation Hexham Space for Nature, part of Transition Tynedale, in recognition of their work in raising awareness of the importance of wildlife and nature in the green spaces of Hexham. Volunteers had planted wildflowers on the West Road entrance to the town in cooperation with the Town Council as well as planting wildflowers around the edge of The Sele.
In giving the award, Councillor Hull said:
“This award for 2021 goes to Hexham Space for Nature, part of Transition Tynedale, whose expert volunteers have worked with both the Town Council and indeed the County Council to try to make Hexham’s residents more aware of the importance of wildlife and nature for the town’s open spaces and gardens and including the Sele and the Abbey Grounds. In the case of the Sele volunteers have planted wild flower plugs along its edges and we should see more evidence of their labours very soon. In addition they have worked with the Town Council on the road verges on the West Road leading into the town with the aim of making a wild flower haven and display and reducing the cutting of those verges. Again volunteers last year planted wild flower plugs to enhance that entrance to the town. Currently Hexham Space for Nature is also looking at possibilities for actions in relation to our award winning Cemetery. All of this is in line with the recommendations in the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan.
I am delighted therefore to make this Award and to thank Hexham Space for Nature’s volunteers for their work to improve the biodiversity credential of the town in the years ahead. Andy Lees who is one of the key volunteers is with us tonight and I hope to be able to present him with the Award certificate later this week.”
Congratulations to Andy and all the Space for Nature team!
Some of you may have read the article in last week’s Courant about Rosemary Theobalds sponsored 400,000 step walk during lent to raise funds for water in developing countries. She has already raised over £1000 and we would ask you to consider supporting her efforts because otherwise so many children will die each day without clean water…
Projects are progressing despite lockdown- come along to our next open meeting to find out more, chip in with your thoughts and ideas. Thursday 18th February, 7.30 by Zoom, link below.
For info – here’s the video of the January talk on Green Grants and Air Source Heat Pumps, a local resident’s perspective. Many thanks to Mike for presenting and sharing his experience with TT https://youtu.be/CkbasVPy89o
And here’s the link to Northumberland County Council’s Climate Q&A session – some good stuff here too, maybe we can pick up on some of that in the meeting https://youtu.be/DaKU1GHLR9U
We know Zoom isn’t for everyone but it is better than nothing in times of lockdown. It would be great see you, whether you are a regular attender of meetings or if this will be your first, put the 18th Feb in your diary now.
Green Grants and Air Source Heat Pumps Transition Tynedale is inviting you to a free zoom talk by a local resident this Wednesday 20th Jan, 8-9pm:
GREEN GRANTS AVAILABLE AND AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS
Everyone welcome! It should be a great insight from a local perspective.NB: both grants have been extended to both end on March 2022.Agenda:Green Grants available Achieving carbon net zero by switching to an air source heat pump. What about hydrogen heating boilers and other optionsBenefitsHow to applyPros and Cons and my experience of switchingWhere to get help
After a successful AGM and with a new management team in place TT is on the move.
There is a monthly meeting of Transition Tynedale next Wednesday. TT is about moving away from fossil fuels to sustainable energy and to doing things more locally to reduce our impact on the creaking planet we live on!
Come along to find out what you can get involved in or to share your own ideas and invite others to join you in the project you want to develop.
New members welcome…
Read the latest newsletter here to find the zoom meeting details.