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 !!
Oue annual plant swop stall at the farmers market will this year be on May 13th. Bring any spare veg, or fruit seedlings or seeds to the stall to swop with something you don’t have. This is a good chance to try something knew or replace failed crops, you never know what you might find !
This year we are also asking for pollination plants for bees and other insects. If you have nothing to swop don’t worry – just give a donation !
Tynedale Fruit Map
The new google map is now available for public view to help you all find free fruit in the hedges and fields of Tynedale. The map is ongoing. Everyone is encouraged to send in findings of new trees and they will be entered onto the map. Click on the link above to access the map.
Please keep your eyes open for fruit trees when out and about and send details of type of tree (apple / pear/ plum etc) and location to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will enter them.
This year is a bumper crop for fruit – happy foraging !!
Date : Wed 19th June 7.30pm
Venue : Comrades Club, Haltwhistle
Freezing house last winter ? Need more insulation ? South Tynedale Sustainability are hosting a Home Insulation evening on June 19th so come and get ideas for your home. The focus will be on solid walls and include grants and planning issues. The speaker will be David Connor of Warm Zone.
All welcome, including tenants and landlords.
Recipe competition, Hexham Food Festival
27th April is the date of the 2013 Hexham Food Festival and Spring Fair.
This year Hexham Farmers Market producers are asking you to bring along your favourite seasonal recipe to share with everyone. After the event all recipes will be put on the market website as a source of inspiration for the fantastic produce you can buy at the market.
Please check out the link www.hexhamfarmersmarket.co.uk for all the details of the competition, then come along and enjoy Hexham at its best !