Edible Hexham – local growing, great eating!
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.
Here are some of the edible Hexham planters:
Edible Hexham came into being after a small group of TT members paid a visit to Incredible Edible Todmorden.
We met some amazingly enthusiastic people who had began working with vegetables, fruits and herbs as a way to engage a somewhat dispirited community following the closure of the last Mill some years previously. The story of what they have achieved can be found on their website, http://www.incredibe-edible-todmorden.co.uk, and we came away with the conviction that this is something which we could do in Hexham – in our own way.
We identified a few small plots in Hexham to include in the scheme and a few planters in the town centre. In May 2014, the first beds in the Wentworth car park, near the Wentworth Café and Tourist Board were planted.
Update on Progress through 2020’s Lockdown from Rosemary Theobalds:
Edible Hexham has done really well over this period, maintaining all the planters, Elizabeth has done the beds in the Wentworth, new volunteer with Jane Torday, planters on the forecourt at Hexham station. Three made by Mark with money from Northern Rail. Unfortunately the station forecourt has been dug up and a pipeline laid. Substantial fence remains and encloses two of the planters. Work started and stopped at the beginning of covid. Charity ‘Journey’ have the brief and funding for the platform and the forecourt, but Jane and Rosemary decided to cheer them up and plant them with flowers.
As always, TT wants to involve as many new people as possible, and Edible Hexham sees itself working in partnership with Hexham in Bloom, the Town Council, the Community Partnership and most importantly, the Food Bank, so that more people can enjoy cooking with fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. We are always asking for volunteers to take responsibility for just one of these planting places so that they will be watered and cared for. Joining Transition Tynedale as a member also helps to fund the insurance and admin costs of all our ventures.
Contact us on email@example.com if you can help out.