Two beds adjacent to the Wentworth Café in the Wentworth car park were planted by an enthusiastic team of volunteers this Sunday.
Many thanks to Rosemary, Wendy, Elizabeth, Judy and Jo who planted, Michael who dug the holes for the tree and bushes, and to Ted and his son who brought a pickup load of mulch for us to finish the beds. And to the cafe for providing welcome cups of tea and water for the plants.
Hopefully this will be the start of more debate about local food, get people thinking about where their food comes from, to support local food producers and encourage more to start growing their own. If vegetables can be grown in a car park – why not try it in your own garden ?
More planting is planned this year for some areas in the hospital grounds and some new raised beds near Prospect House. We are also providing seedlings for some of the privately maintained planters in the town centre. This is just the start of what we hope will be a Tynedale wide move to plant edible produce throughout the area – and everyone is encouraged to harvest and eat it !!
For more information, to suggest new sites or to volunteer please email Sue or Rosemary at email@example.com
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.incredible-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.
Planning this new project is now underway with the sites of the Goose market, Hallstile Bank, the upper end of Wentworth car park and the hospital being considered for planting next year.
The aim is to start preparing the ground and planting next March (weather permitting). Some beds will have fruit trees and fruit bushes, others tomatoes, courgettes, salads, runner beans , and herbs. All will be free to the good people of Hexham to pick and eat.
This idea follows on from a trip some members took to Todmorden last June.( for more information see www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk ) There it has inspired lots of discussion about the importance of local food and supporting local businesses with many different groups in the community becoming involved. By choosing such public areas to plant up with fruit and veg, Edible Hexham has the potential to be a high profile Transition project .We hope to generate a similar discussion about food and community in Hexham.
Can you help ? We need people to grow seedlings, propagate fruit bushes etc for March next year and to help plant in 2014. We would also welcome a free source of manure or compost ! Please contact Sue , Richard or Rosemary on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Or come to the next transition meeting on Sept 4th to find out more
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 !