Sunday in the garden…

sunday-gardenA great day was had by all on Sunday 1st July at the Hexham Middle School garden. TT advertised the ‘gardening and picking’ day with notices at the Wentworth Edible Hexham beds, and through the TT email list, and Elizabeth announced to the Hexham East Residents’ Association that there were strawberries ready for picking .
We worked and picked from 11.00 til 1.00, then we were all too hot and went home. Hundreds of strawberries were picked, a couple of punnets of gooseberries, and a few redcurrants – there should be many more of all these fruits in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks are due to Elizabeth and Richard who have tended the garden so well – strawberries sitting on straw, and delightful brick-lined paths through the beds.
There were broad beans ready too, lots of herbs, and some runner beans somewhat struggling in the hot dry weather. The plum and apple trees are looking very healthy and the fruits seem to be in some profusion, so we’ll want to do an autumn picking!
Potatoes are in flower, and I imagine will be ready for digging in late July or early August. We’ll plan another group ‘gardening and picking’ day for Sunday 5th August, 12 noon until 2.00pm. Put it in your diaries.

New orchard at Tyne Green

On the 24th March 13 trees – 11 apple and 2 plum – were successfully planted in our new mini orchard on Tyne green. This is part of our ongoing commitment to encourage people to grow their own food – to help reduce food miles and to demonstrate how easy it is to ‘grow your own. ‘  In Victorian times Hexham was famous for its orchards , we hope to renew that fame.

Many thanks to our wonderful band of volunteers and to the Lions who provided much needed rocks for a barrier against marauding cars and helped plant the trees too. The orchard is at the far end of Tyne green, at the far side of the car park by café Enna.

In years to come the fruit will be free for everyone to harvest. The surplus (if any !) will be crushed for juice at our annual Farmers market apple pressing day at the Farmers market.  Check it out and enjoy the harvest !!

Planting an apple

Edible Hexham – prizewinners !

On the 5th July four stalwart members of Edible Hexham travelled to Alnwick Gardens to learn they had been awarded first prize in the ‘Urban” category of the annual NCC competition ‘Love Northumberland”

Pictured receiving their certificate and award of 350 pounds from the Duchess of Alnwick are Elizabeth Leonard, Sue Hick, Rosemary Theobalds and Wendy Breach.

The awards are given every year to community groups and schools for their work in the environment in Northumberland and improving their local area and community.

The prize money will be put towards more herbs and veg for new planters in 2018 amd for extra signage.

Congratulations to all !

Update March 4th 2017

Another bed at the Wentworth was planted this weekend near to the existing beds by the Wentworth cafe. Thanks are due to Northumberland County Council staff for clearing the bed for us and to Matty, Phil, Roger, Ted and Angus who gave up their Saturday afternoon to help plant it up.

This is a fruit bed with apple trees, blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries to look forward to in the autumn !

Two new planters are also planned for Priestpopple this year – look out for them later in the spring.

New Edible Hexham bed planted

On March 4th the great Edible Hexham volunteers planted up the 3rd bed at the exit of the Wentworth car park. The latest bed has 2 apple trees, black and redcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries in it – lots of delicious fruit for everyone to try.

Hexham was once a famous fruit growing area with many market gardens and orchards – in fact the present Wentworth car park is built upon former allotments and Tesco was a market garden and nursery only 30 years ago. Our 3 Wentworth beds are a tribute to these days and a reminder that anyone can grow their own fruit on their own garden–its so easy !

Many  thanks are due yet again to Ted and Angus, Matty, Roger and Phil for their great efforts. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in helping please email Sue at suehick3@gmail.com

 

3rd wentworth bed empty
before

 

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planted !

 

3rd ww bed 2
Congratulations on a job well done ! Time for a well earned cuppa!