Get Growing in

Taunton Deane
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 factsheet compiles the latest opportunities and resources across the district for anyone wanting to grow their own & get involved in local food. Remember to visit our website for the latest opportunities.

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: 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: 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.

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: 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, Frieze Hill Community Orchard is a community project supported by Taunton Deane Borough Council. FFI: 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: 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,

Get active for Community Food...
Are you passionate about everyone having access to local, sustainably grown food? Want to help develop a resilient food system in Somerset? What you can do: *Get Involved with Incredible Edible Somerset * Work with a local active group who organise around sustainable food, and if you don’t have one, why not start one? Active Groups in Taunton Deane District 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:

Four parishes initiative The Four Parishes community transition initiative covers Ashbrittle, Stawley, Bathelton and Kittisford. FFI: Transition Wellington have several food related projects including their Garden Share scheme. FFI: 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: FFI: 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:

*Get funding to visit other gardens through the Permaculture Association’s LAND project or the Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens Scheme coming this summer. *Use the Skill Sharing Directory on our website to find people across Somerset who can give advice or training *Join your local gardening group or horticultural society. There are loads around Taunton Deane You can find them on: *Get involved in local events such as The Sustainability Show in June. Taunton Flower Show is taking place on the 3rd & 4th August and shows off the best of the west's gardening talent. FFI:

Support local food
Supporting your local growers and producers has never been more important. Incredible Edible Somerset will be working with social enterprise Big Barn to advertise local producers. You can also find your nearest market at:

Get Active with Incredible Edible Somerset
• Sign up to the website (its free & simple to use) & add your skills (offers and wants), events, news & local groups & growing projects you are involved in. Subscribe to our newsletter – Somerset Local Food Update

Whatever your interests, passions or skills, we are a total grassroots network and everyone's involvement is welcome. Please just get in touch.

Where & how you can learn more...
Would you like to learn some new skills before you get started? Or keen to learn more about producing & using food? *Organise a Get Set Grow Course with Somerset Community Food as a great introduction to growing your own, contact us if you think your community could benefit from training & we will support you to convene it. *Find the latest courses online at the Incredible Edible Somerset website, which details everything from yearlong horticulture training to workshops.

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