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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

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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

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Taunton Deane

Overview

Approximately 400 people are looking for land in the Taunton Deane District, and latent demand could double this number. So what can you do to get growing right now?

This page aims to compile the latest opportunities and resources across the district for anyone wanting to grow their own & get involved in local food.

Where you can get your hands dirty...

  • Taunton Mind, the mental heath charity, have opportunities for people to get growing & get outside as part of their ecotherapy projects. Volunteers are always welcome to support the projects. FFI: http://www.mindtws.org.uk/
  • Wellington Garden Share is an initiative from Transition Wellington and Wellington in Bloom. The Garden Share Project can put people in touch with garden owners who would be happy to share part of the garden for food production. An area of the garden would be identified, which you would have use of and in return a certain percentage of vegetables would be shared with the owner. Transition Wellington hold the details & match people on their requests. FFI: 01823 667170, kate.holloway@talk21.com
  • Longrun Meadows is a local green offering 65 acres of rural land a short walk from the town centre. There are lots of outdoor activity opportunities. FFI: http://longrunmeadows.blogspot.co.uk
  • Priorswood Community Centre in North Taunton will soon be host to a proposed Diamond Jubilee Garden Project. As part of this a new gardening club is starting. Volunteers are particularly welcome. FFI: 01823 353643, http://www.priorswoodcommunitycentre.co.uk
  •  The Edible Border Project, supported by Friends of French Weir in French Weir Park, is an ongoing project that is run by a very informal local group who are trying to create an edible border for public use that will mean produce is for everyone to harvest. Information about the border & how to get involved can be found on the noticeboard in French Weir. The group welcomes anyone to get involved. FFI: helenlawy@gmail.com
  • Taunton's Living Landscape is an initiative launched by Somerset Wildlife Trust to link up habitats so that wildlife can move, thrive and survive. They are working to restore, recreate and reconnect habitats across Somerset, to make sure wildlife is resilient to increasing pressures in the future.There will be opportunities to plant fruit trees and other species. To get involved, FFI: volunteering@somersetwildlife.org

Schools across the district also have growing projects. If they don’t perhaps you can support them to start one?

  • Norton fitzwarren (CE) Primary School have applied for funding to launch a 'Cooking for Change' Project. They want to create a community kitchen within the school to provide hot meals 2 times a day for the children and staff and also to teach the parents and the local community at large how to source, prepare and cook nutritious meals.

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 Taunton Deane

  • Taunton Transition are an active local network that aims to increase awareness and bring people together to work within the community to facilitate change in key areas of life such as transport, housing, energy use, health, food production and work. FFI: http://tauntontransition.wordpress.com
  • Four parishes initiative. The Four Parishes community transition initiative covers Ashbrittle, Stawley, Bathelton and Kittisford. FFI: katievenner@ukonline.co.uk
  • Transition Athelney brings together responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change from the residents of North Curry, Stoke St Gregory, Burrowbridge and Lyng. They have a food & agriculture group & different projects in the pipeline. One is called Food Yards which is about encouraging local growers to supply the village shop and Fruits of Athelney is a scheme in its very early stages to make better use of our local orchards. To get involved contact: adrian.tait@virgin.net FFI: http://sites.google.com/site/transitionathelney/
  • Ten Parishes Initiative. The Ten Parishes is an ongoing community project in a very rural and unique grouping of parishes that make up the area around Wiveliscombe in Somerset. There is also a Ten Parishes Fruit Group. FFI: 01984 623895
  • Taunton in Bloom run competitions including those for voluntary and community groups. They also partner with the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign which is part of the wider Britain in Bloom initiative, providing an opportunity for smaller community groups to get involved. Its aims are to celebrate horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility & community participation. Support is also available for groups. To register & find out more see: http://www.southwestinbloom.org.uk

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