Approximately 50 people are looking for land in the West Somerset 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...
- Mind Taunton & West Somerset, the mental heath charity, have opportunities for people to get growing & get outside as part of their ecotherapy projects. They have an Allotment Project as part of the West Somerset Inclusion Project. The allotment group at Alcombe, Marshfield Road, and Minehead runs every Thursday morning from 10.30 to 12.30pm. All service users are invited to visit the allotment at any time, whether to keep it watered, weeded or just to take in the glorious sight of all the vegetables, herbs, flowers and trees growing. FFI: http://www.mindtws.org.uk/wsip.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vikings Veg is a Food Cooperative based at the Little Vikings Children's Centre in Watchet providing about 25 boxes of fruit and veg each week to the families and the local community. They have a pollytunnel & also run growing courses. More volunteers are always welcome. FFI: Tracy Bland at TBland@educ.somerset.gov.uk
- Friends & Family Community Allotment in Minehead is an allotment project designed for community use and beginners to growing are completely welcome. FFI: email@example.com
- Carhampton Community Orchard is a community orchard in the middle of Carhampton with over 40 trees of mainly local varieties. They have local events such as annual Wassail & apple day as well as pruning & juicing learning days. FFI: Secretary Keith Jones 01643 821620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dunster Community Orchard has over 57 trees & is widely used by the community with many public events. FFI: Martin Harborne email@example.com
- Porlock Community Orchard also hosts many community events and produces a large amount of juice. Volunteers are always welcome. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools across the district also have growing projects. If they don’t perhaps you can support them to start one?
Get 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 West Somerset
Transition Minehead & Alcombe is a group of people from Minehead, Alcombe and surrounding area who support the idea that our community should become more self-reliant by working together to help each other:
- Reduce consumerism
- Produce less waste
- Produce more of what we need locally
- (especially food, heat and electricity)
They organise loads of projects & events including plant & seed swaps and have a food group. FFI:http://www.transitionmineheadandalcombe.org/
- Forum 21 is a voluntary group based in West Somerset dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues and fighting climate change. It takes its name from the Agenda 21 movement formed to take the message of local sustainability through into the 21st century. They also organise lots of events locally. FFI: email@example.com http://www.west-somerset-forum21.org.uk
- Quantock Eco (QE) is a group of volunteers who are committed to helping Quantock villages develop resilience in the face of rising energy costs and changes to our habitat. FFI: http://www.quantockeco.org.uk/
- Quantock Hills ANOB have a variety of local events, learning & volunteering opportunities related to wildlife & the land. FFI: http://www.quantockhills.com
- West Somerset Seed Savers is a local project to encourage seed saving. A handbook is available with simple instructions on how to grow, collect and save vegetable seeds. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
- South West 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
You may also like to join your local gardening group or horticultural society. Groups in West Somerset include: