How do we make Taunton green? How do we enable downtrodden urbanites to get the benefits of a horticultural lifestyle? How do we reconnect people with their food - and perhaps with healthier and more sustainable food?
For the last two years, some pioneering activists have been taking on small plots around Taunton - most notably the back garden of 10 East Reach, owned by Somerset Co-operative Community Land Trust. Some unpromising and frankly messy land has produced wonders - huge pumpkins, lush kale, tasty courgettes and broad beans. Much of this produce has been passed on to Taunton Open Door to help the homeless people they support.
But now the project is at a crossroads - there are oppotunities to develop and enlarge it, but also a shortage of people to make it happen. We need you!
A great chance to visit 10 East Reach, find out about the gardening work and be part of an exciting new project is coming up. We're holding a community gardening event at 3pm on the 23rd November at 10 East Reach. Please join us to learn more about urban growing and small scale agriculture with not only David Clegg (head gardener at 10 East Reach) but also James Dexter of Wild Geese Acres, a local smallholder with the Ecological Land Co-op.
If you've ever known the joy of getting your hands properly dirty, you won't want to miss this.