Edible Hexham

Edible Hexham came into being after a small group of TT members paid a visit to Incredible Edible Todmorden in June last year, a visit organised by Richard Powell.
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 – not the same as Todmorden, but developing in our own way.

Sue Hick and I made a start in the autumn. TT members will know how knowledgeable Sue is and how good it is for me to work alongside her. The Incredible Edible idea is one whose hour has come, for no less a prestigious organisation than the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is looking to see edibles included in its competition gardens. We are represented on the Hexham in Bloom committee who have welcomed the idea and we intend to have edibles planted by the Spring Judging in April.

We have identified a few small plots in Hexham to include in the scheme and a few planters in the town centre. Plots are the Goose Market, Wentworth Car Park near the Tourist Centre, and at the hospital. We will need signage to explain the idea of Edible Hexham, and to invite members of the public to help themselves to the veg, fruit and herbs when they are ready to be picked.

This is just a snapshot of plans so far, and very shortly, I will be asking for volunteers to take responsibility for just one of these planting places so that they will be watered and cared for.

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.

Watch this space for further updates and opportunities to be involved.

UPDATE May 25th 2014
The first beds in the Wentworth car park, near the Wentworth Café and Tourist Board were planted this weekend.
Check them out ! Watch this space for news of more planters to come !

8 thoughts on “Edible Hexham

  1. My partner and I were passing through Hexham last Friday and were very pleased to see the edible beds near the tourist information centre. We helped ourselves to some lettuce and chard leaves. All the best for the future!

  2. Glad you liked them Anni ! Have you seen the new planters next to Prospect House too ?
    Hopefully people will see how easy it is to grow your own veg and try it themselves – good for them and good for the environment !


  3. We were visiting from Canada and loved this idea. Who owned the plots that you used – the council? I assume you had some red tape to go through to get permission to use them. Is it all volunteers that look after the plots? I’d love to approach our City to get something similar in place so any advice or tips are welcome!!

  4. Hi Amanda,
    We are very glad you liked the plots – its an idea that is getting more popular worldwide and a great way of spreading the word that you can easily grow your own vegetables anywhere – with all the benefits for your own health and the environment. Check out http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk to find out how it all started.
    Here in Hexham the plots you saw in the carpark are owned by Northumberland County Council, we had no trouble getting permission to ;improve’ them as they were very rundown 2 years ago. Elsewhere the planters have all been supplied by Edible Hexham and permission for siting has been no problem. We work closely with Hexham Town Council and Hexham in Bloom who have facilitated some areas eg the railway station, and also with businesses and charities on other areas.
    We have fundraised to buy plants, compost and more planters. All work is carried out by a small group of keen volunteers.
    My advice is to identify a few areas to start and then go for it! Start with a small but prominent area for maximum publicity with clear labels that let people know what you are doing . Hopefully others will love it and start their own areas or else join in with your efforts. Work with as many other local groups as possible and get publicity for them and yourselves – food is great way of communicating !
    Good Luck ! Let us know how you get on !

  5. Hello

    I’d be very keen to help out with Edible Hexham if you’re in need of any volunteers? I’ve just moved to Hexham and love the project! Also, does a map of all the sites exist?

  6. I’m sorry I hadn’t taken more notice sooner. I just wanted to say I have some heritage variety seeds surplus to my requirements and thought that if there was a planter that was suitable for Tuscan black chard, new Zealand tree cabbage and various other old varieties then please do get in contact. I’m generally so busy I need a good excuse to contribute my spare time to good endeavours and this sounds like a positively grand excuse to help in any small way, especially if it means more people become aware of it! Please get in touch with me if you’re interested in obtaining some of these wonderful heritage varieties we are so in need of preserving for future generations! I look forward to hearing from you!

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