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Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Nancy Sampson Apr 14, 2021. 1 Reply

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

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Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Incredible Edible Mendip!

 

As Winter recedes, attention is turning to the Spring and to all things that grow. One thing that seems to be growing fast in Mendip is community interest in finding more land to grow food on.

 

“People want to grow food for a wide range of reasons. Some want to be more physically active or save money as food prices rise, others delight in the superior taste and freshness of home grown produce. For those without gardens, it’s a way to be outside with the kids. Everyone mentions the personal satisfaction that comes from growing your own,” says Linda Hull, co-ordinator of Somerset Land and Food.

 

Wells based charity Somerset Community Food hosts the 3 year Big Lottery Local Food Fund project. Its aims are to match-make land seekers with progressive landowners, to enable skill-sharing and to create a lasting partnership that can continue to link all those interested in food growing together. 

 

“2012 marks the launch of our new social network “Incredible Edible Somerset.” We’re working our way around the county staging public information evenings for all those interested in the business of growing food. We’re inviting land seekers, landowners, parish councils, allotment associations and anyone with food growing skills to pass on, to come together to explore how we can make more land available and increase the amount of food grown closer to home,” adds project officer, Nicole Vosper.

 

Mapping the supply and demand for land in Mendip has shown that all 5 towns in Mendip have allotments but some have long waiting lists. Both Frome and Wells Town Councils have been looking for new land to extend provision but it has proven difficult to access. There is also demand in some villages where there is no existing provision. If you own land in or around these towns or in the wider district, why not consider leasing it for community based growing?

 

Come along to “Growing Connections in Mendip” at 7pm on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at the Council Chamber in Shepton Mallet. To book your free place click on the events page at  www.somersetcommunityfood.org.uk or call 01749 678770.

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