Calling all gardeners !

Coming soon  !!
Coming soon !!

We are holding our annual seed and seedling swop stall as part of the Hexham Spring Festival on May 9th. This is your chance to swop your unwanted or surplus seeds and seedlings for others – maybe to try a new variety or replace those eaten by slugs ! Bring them to the stall and swop or give a donation. All plants, however small, will be welcome so please grow a few extra for us. Ornamentals as well as edible plants also welcome.We are also looking for volunteers to help man the stall – for details please email sue at Our aim is to encourage local food production however small – getting a few free plants from the stall is a great way of getting started !

Transition Tynedale’s chance to influence how Hexham develops in the future.


It was agreed at the Wednesday meeting of TT that a 4T meeting should formulate an official Transition Tynedale response to the Hexham Vision 2020 and Town Plan 2014-2015 draft.

The meeting will be at Barbara and David’s, 5 Cockshaw, Hexham. On Wed the 11th June at 7.30.

Please read the Plan before the meeting, If you cannot make the meeting please email your comments to me.

In the last Hexham Town Meeting TT was mentioned 3 times and I used the public speaking time, I mentioned TT has started a Local Community Renewable Energy Company which is one of the aims of the Hexham Vision 2020 and Town Plan 2014-2015. Another aim of the plan is to form a Local Neighborhood Plan I highlighted the role of TT, Sustainability and Resilience in Local Neighborhood Planning.

David Grundey.


Calling all gardeners !

Now is the time to start planning which crops you will be growing this year, an exciting time of sowing seeds and anticipating a warm spring. (!!!)

 This is an appeal to all gardeners to grow a few extra plants for the  TT food projects we are involved in – the 2 community gardens,  the annual  ‘Seed and Plant swop’ stall at the farmers market in May and our new initiative – Edible Hexham.

All these initiatives are aimed at encouraging local food production and they all need your help !  Please sow a few extra seeds and grow them on for these projects, they will all be gratefully received. Plants are needed from March onwards for the community gardens and Edible Hexham , and more again in May for the plant stall.

Manpower is also needed for these projects. From the experienced  gardener  to complete novice, we need your help to make things  ‘grow.’( pardon the pun !)

For offers of plants and help please contact the following people at

–          Megan      –   HMS community Garden

–          Claire    –    No 28 Garden, Hexham east

–          Debbie    –   May plant stall

–          Rosemary    –   Edible Hexham

The Guerilla’s have been to Gibson Place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis type of Guerilla is very rare but has been flourishing for a number of years. It’s good news; they began as two but have multiplied. It’s the gardening guerillas!

This type of guerilla has been recognised by Mr.ISOS, who was very pleased and decided to conserve the species with a monetary award.

Are these guerilla’s recognised by the Transition Tynedale even though they are a wild untamed species?

How Incredible Edible Todmorden happened!

Here’s the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design)Talk on Incredible Edible Todmorden

Their mission statement was ‘If you eat you’re in!’ they didn’t have a strategy they just got on and did it! They believed small actions count and many small actions created a transition movement people supporting each other towards a greener lifestyle. 

Love and best wishes Barbara

Trip to ‘Incredible Edible Todmorden’ – Inspiration !

Seven intrepid Hexham Transitioners eventually went on a minibus to Todmorden last week and came back inspired by their adventure. Here are just a few comments  – Photos to follow

Incredible Edible, a small group of people deciding that they could make a difference to “change the world with kindness.” The abiding message that I was left with was kindness. Estelle was our gentle tour guide, passionate, funny, humble…she must have conducted tours on numerous occasions, but her enthusiasm was palpable. Having her tell her story convinced me of the potential of a few dedicated and committed people can make to bring about change on such a dramatic scale. Transformation: – the place & it’s people – through tangible inclusive action.

Very simple really just three things – community, business and education – and they started with food because everyone eats! Not an exclusive thing: ‘If you Eat, you’re In’.

Stories have the power to ignite the soul…If you are sitting comfortably I will begin. Remember all the produce is free, yes free, a bit of counter culture going on there. One Sunday morning  a working party was making its way to a site where two youngsters were helping themselves to fruit, filling a bag, lots of fruit, caught in the act you might say.

‘We’ve been doing this for you, you can have it’, the working party explained.

 The boys took some convincing that if they wanted the fruit that was fine so long as it was for eating. So utterly overwhelmed were they by the suggestion that they could actually keep the fruit that they remained and helped weed. Little actions can bring about behavioural changes, simple powerful stuff.

Todmorden isn’t a rich place – it’s normal, even poor – but what they have going on there is pure gold. I’m a convert. I left with more hope than when I arrived…I have a sense of longing to continue to develop and build on what we already have going on here in Hexham.  Richard

Our eyes were opened! And on our return to Hexham, we found ourselves looking at dismal pieces of Council planting and filling them in our imaginations with Todmorden – style herbs, leaves, and fruit trees, all full of colour and interest. And it gets better because not only can the residents of incredible, edible Todmorden look at them but they are encouraged to pick them, eat them, and put them in their salads and stews.

Estelle, the dynamic inspiration behind the idea, gave us a wonderful tour of the town, with every raised bed or planting yielding its own story through her rapid telling of how it came into being and how it continues to flourish.

Earning social capital was a new concept to some of us, but it is certainly happening in Tod. Rosemary

A great inspirational day out  !  Todmorden certainly has made an impact on the UK environmental movement and shown what is possible. .

What struck me most was not the planting but the enthusiasm of the organisers and the tremendous amount of organisation and fundraising involved – all by volunteers. From small beginnings in just 5 years they have had a very valuable number of spinoffs involving schools,  local business, police etc. There has also been an unexpected spin off of ‘green tourists’ – some of whom were us ! check out the incredible edible film at

All plantings are well signed with large signs explaining that the food is free,
planted especially for bees etc. Essential for spreading the word .

Hexham has made a good start in local food production with its community gardens, farmers market, apple days, food festival etc. The success of Incredible edible Todmorden is due, I think, to its volunteers and its publicity machine. We need to do more public planting and in particular more publicity about our work – only that way can we really get the message about local food across to everyone in Hexham.   Sue

Interested in hearing more ?  Come along to the next Transition general meeting , July 3rd, 7.30pm in the Forum café.



Core Meeting – 5th September 2012

Jim chaired this meeting, which had 28 in attendance – apparently a record, and with several people there for the first time.


While stressing that the group looks at various projects and ideas, and that small-scale ideas are always welcome, Gillian concentrated her report on the Hydro project.  A recent presentation (22 Aug) had provided a realistic appraisal of technical and financial aspects.  The latter were less promising than at the start of the project, but there had been clear support for continuing.

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Summer, Straw and Fun

Saturday was the Summer Fair at Hexham Middle School and Transition Tynedale were asked to participate in activities and to promote the community garden that is within the school grounds. Thanks to the commitment of many active TT-ers, we did a sterling job in helping to make the fair a huge success. We provided a straw bale obstacle course, photo-orienteering and manned the plant stall, along with the usual TT information of course. But that wasn’t all. Hot on the heels of the Summer Fair we held a BBQ in the garden itself, to help promote the garden and as a social event for everyone involved with Transition Tynedale. Continue reading “Summer, Straw and Fun”

Community Garden Update

Saturday was another work day down at the community garden. We had about 2-3 hours weeding and planting seeds in rain and sunshine. Just look at how green this photo is – nothing needs to be watered here!

We made good use of some onsite twigs as supports for the peas and mange tout, and laid out carrots, parsnips, and a mix of salad leaves in the raised beds. The potatoes have run away in the lower beds, but we covered over those that we could.

The strip of land next to Di and Jims is seriously weedy though. Perhaps we need a weed bashing party to tackle them.

The fruit trees are coming along nicely. Very healthy. But the espaliers need a bit of T.L.C. I wonder if we should leave them this year and do some careful pruning in Autumn to get them back on track.

It all ended with a picnic as Kate and Debbie returned with provisions from the Farmers’ Market. And the Sun came out as well.