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.
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