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Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Growing Support May 3. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

job opportuntiy

Started by Alison Hayward. Last reply by Alison Hayward May 30, 2015. 1 Reply

South somerset Mind (Yeovil) is looking for a horticultural therapist for the Vanessa project.The role is paid for 6 hours a week at £10 per hour.  Please phone Gill on 01935 474875 for further…Continue

Tags: therapy, horticultural, work, job

Surplus Produce

Started by David Croxton. Last reply by Caroline Lewis Sep 25, 2014. 10 Replies

As part of our InQEDible Edible Project, and as a member of the Incredible Edible Network, we are not only looking to grow crops on spare land in our local communities, but also to persuade our local…Continue

Tags: gardens, fruit, community, Quantocks, poverty

Mendip

Overview

Approximately 250 people are looking for land in the Mendip District, and latent demand could double this number. So what can you do to get growing right now? This page compiles the latest opportunities and resources across Mendip for anyone wanting to grow their own & get involved in local food. 

Where you can get your hands dirty...

West Mendip

  • Torganics at Paddington Farm in Glastonbury, have regular volunteer days on a Wednesday. FFI: Info@torganics.co.uk
  • Healing Waters Community Project at the Healing Waters healing retreat centre in Glastonbury welcome volunteers in their flower gardens & biodynamic field project. FFI: info@healing-waters.co.uk or 01458 835859
  • Red Brick Building in Street/Glastonbury welcome volunteers and are launching a growing project this Summer with young people from across the area. FFI: contact@redbrickbuilding.co.uk

Central Mendip

  • Bishops Palace Community Garden. A new garden at The Bishop’s Palace needs a team of enthusiastic, green-fingered volunteers to drive it forward and make it a hub of community activity in Wells. Volunteers will take part in activities such as learning about vegetable growing, flowers and herbs. Horticultural experience is an advantage but beginners are completely welcome. FFI: Amanda Clay 01749 988111 extension 211, Mon-Wed or email: amanda.clay@bishopspalace.org.uk
  • Rethink the mental health charity in Wells have a growing space with a pollytunnel & raised beds. They would welcome volunteers who would be interested in growing with their clients. Volunteers would have to go through the standard Rethink volunteering process. FFI: Richard.smith@rethink.org           

East Mendip

  • Vallis Veg is an 18-acre market garden & permaculture project near Frome that run a vegbox scheme. They have regular open days & variety of events including gardening lessons with local gardener, Des Harris. FFI: info@vallisveg.co.uk
  • Mount Community Association Garden welcomes volunteers to join the team who grow vegetables, fruits & flowers for sale at reduced prices to people from the Mount Estate in Frome. In 2011 the garden won the ‘outstanding’ award in the RHS Its your neighbourhood category. FFI: gandjbrimecombe@yahoo.com

Schools across the Mendip district also have growing projects, including Baltonsborough, Crispin, St Dunstans, Wells Blue and more. If they don’t perhaps you can support them to start one?

Get more active for Community Food...

Organising with a others as part of a local group is one of the most effective things you can do to work for sustainable foo. If you don’t have one, why not start one?

Active Groups in Mendip

  • Transition Glastonbury has an active food group with projects such as Glastonbury Gets More Nuts, Love Local Food Pledges and more. www.transitionglastonbury.org.uk
  • Sustainable Frome is a local community organization, which is doing a whole host of things to promote sustainability in and around the town, including running an apple group, permaculture courses & more. http://www.sustainablefrome.org.uk/

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