New Orchard for Acomb

Tynedale was once a thriving fruit growing area but with the march of supermarkets and the ‘perfect’ red apple most local orchards have been lost and yet another connection to the source of our food gone. We aim to replace some of these orchards and show that local apples are easy to grow and help to build resilience into our local food supply. Why go to the supermarket when you can get and grow local supplies ?

What better place to start than in a school ?

Saturday 26h November saw 4 hardy Transition volunteers join parents, children and headteacher Angela of Acomb First School come together to plant 14 trees donated by Transition Tynedale. These were given for a new school orchard in the school grounds where they will provide not only a delicious harvest in the future but also a valuable learning environment or ‘outdoor classroom’ for the children.

Many thanks to Matty for organising this and to Gareth, Sue and Phil for help planting the trees. More tree planting days are planned in Hexham in 2017 and if anyone has suggestions for areas which could benefit from fruit trees then please get in touch.

 

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Walking and cycling is good for business

Study tells real estate developers building for walking and cycling is good for business – see

https://cyclingindustry.news/study-tells-real-estate-developers-building-for-walking-and-cycling-is-good-for-business/

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Tynedale Fruit Map

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The new google map is now available for public view to help you all find free fruit in the hedges and fields of Tynedale. The map is ongoing. Everyone is encouraged to send in findings of new trees  and they will be entered onto the map. Click on the link above to access the map.

Please keep your eyes open for fruit trees when out and about and send details of type of tree (apple / pear/ plum etc) and location to me at suehick3@gmail.com  and I will enter them.

This year is a bumper crop for fruit – happy  foraging !!

Sue Hick

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Not everything is black and white in road safety

The artist’s goal is to use the visual impact of the crosswalk to improve both driver and pedestrian focus, thus enhancing respect for pedestrian safety. Perhaps, his zany designs will also encourage more people to leave their cars at home and tour their city by foot.
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Protect our public parks

In just a few days over 140,000 people have signed the petition asking for our parks and cherished green spaces to be properly protected by the government.

The group of MPs tasked with protecting our parks want to hear what the public thinks – but the deadline to have our say is next Friday.

Please will you share the petition with your friends, family and colleagues to help make the petition as big as possible before then? The more of us that sign, the stronger our message will be: parks are for everyone, don’t let them be sold off, or shut down.

To sign the petition visit https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1355?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast2016-09-21

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Halti Harvest Sat 17th Sept

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Apologies for the link only – please open to see the event details.

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And what is more………

West Midlands Police to use cycling officer to target close-passing motorists – for more info see http://road.cc/content/news/204164-west-midlands-police-use-cycling-officer-target-close-passing-motorists.

The move comes following analysis of road traffic collisions (RTCs) which has resulted in the force concluding that prosecution is the only way to encourage drivers to be more aware of vulnerable road users.

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At last! A strong message to motorists to pass cyclists safely.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/close-pass-motorists-can-expect-prosecution-not-enforcement-say-cops/020060

Lots of good wording except for use of ‘pavement’ instead of ‘footway’.

 

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Apple Day Oct 8th

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Apples and bottles wanted for Apple Day , Oct 8th

This day is an annual event at the Farmers Market. Every year TT are invited to participate and we hold an apple pressing stall. Some of the juice produced is given away to shoppers and the surplus ( if any! ) bottled to drink later.

This year we intend holding the stall again – so please start collecting your surplus apples and empty plastic bottles to put the juice in. Windfalls are welcomed – any variety – cookers and eaters – as they will be mixed and crushed together. Bring your windfalls and turn them into delcious juice!

Volunteers to help on the day are also needed. Please contact  Sue if you can help. Email : info@transitiontynedale.org

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Tynedale Fruit Map

For fruit foragers – the Tynedale Fruit Map !

2016 promises yet again to be a bumper year for fruit and yet again a lot of this will not be harvested and go to waste unless picked and processed. To encourage people to find and harvest the fruit trees we are planning to map the location of all fruit trees on public land, beside roads etc – anywhere that people are welcome to collect free fruit.

Do you know of any ‘wild’ trees or trees on public land that are freely accessible? If so please send details of the type of fruit and location and we will enter it on a google map for all to see. Fruit can include apples and pears, crabapples, damsons, sloes etc but not blackberries, mushrooms etc .

Please send info to : suehick3@gmail.com or a member of the Edible Hexham group

Many thanks and happy foraging !

 

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