Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Nancy Sampson Apr 14. 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

Connect with your community

Started by Alive Feb 7, 2018. 0 Replies

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

Tags: #givingback, #gardening, #volunteer

Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Alive Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

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

Join our volunteers!

Started by Alive Aug 17, 2017. 0 Replies

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

Surplus & Abundance Projects

Why Abundance Projects? autumn, apples remain rotting in the ground, hedgerows fill with fruit and some people grow more they can eat and good food lies on a compost heap. The aim of Abunance Projects are therefore to capture this surplus and re-distribute it.

Pat Thomas describes in Stuffed! “Fruit trees are not the preserve of private gardens. In cities all over the UK there are fruit trees growing on public land, in parks and car parks, along streets and cycle paths, in schools and churchyards. Some are in people’s gardens, but never get used. Often fruit goes unpicked and unappreciated and is eventually wasted.

Abundance projects harvest the bounty and give it to those that need it most. Fruit is pressed into juice, made into jams and pickles or sold loose at reduced rates to local families who otherwise would not have access to fresh fruit.

How to start an Abundance Project

The best guide available has been put together by pioneers Grow Sheffield, who started the Sheffield Abundance Group. Download it here.

Inspiring Examples in Somerset

InQEDible Edible Croxton from Quantock Eco says, “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 gardeners to let us have any surplus produce once they have looked after friends and family.

These surpluses are all going to help less fortunate families in our community via Family Support Workers, and any over going to local FoodBanks that will take fresh food crops. In addition, we are working closely with FareShare ( to encourage local growers and processors to donate their outgrades, misshapes etc. We will arrange collection and also need volunteers to help with tending an increasing number of gardens and plots in West Somerset and the Quantocks area. Please email David at Quantock Eco ( or via IE Somerset..Also on Twitter via #quantockeco”

Transition Athelney Food Yards & Fruits of Athelney

The idea of Fruits of Athelney grew out of Transition Athelney’s (TA’s) Food Yards scheme, which encourages growers with surplus fruit and vegetables to sell these through our local shop. Click here for more information.

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