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/
- Community Gardening Sessions held by Transition Town Wellington, run approximately three times per month, often on a Saturday morning, but sometimes in the week too. You can get involved with the creation and maintenance of a number of different community gardens in Wellington, including a new full acre site, with aspects of a forest garden with a communal vegetable patch, plus wildflower meadows, mixed fruit and nut trees on another four orchards, two soft fruit beds and two herb beds. No experience is needed, and we need more volunteers to help, so why not join us and meet new friends. Contact us via our website https://ttw.org.uk/contact.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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: email@example.com
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 food. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Transition Town Wellington and their Sustainable Food Group has been creating mixed community orchards, herb beds and fruit bush patches on 7 sites around the town, and have produced a foraging map showing where these are. Visit https://ttw.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/wellingtontransition/ for more information. They have created an updated list of Allotments in Taunton in July 2020.
- 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: email@example.com 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