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Community Growers come together
People traveled from across the South West to participate in the day.
Participants introduced themselves then shared their access to land stories and queries with Jade Bashford from the Community Land Advisory Service.
Nicole Vosper from Incredible Edible Somerset then facilitated a participatory workshop on food sovereignty. People talked in groups about what the different principles would look like if achieved in the communities, as well as barriers they face.
The group had a delicious lunch prepared by Two Trees Catering, followed by a tour of Frieze Hill Community Orchard. Everyone then enjoyed cake and a consultation about what our networks need to survive and thrive.
Somerset Master Gardener Michele Darnell-Roberts also led a container gardening workshop.
Overall it was a fantastic day with abundant networking and lots of opportunities for working together in the future.
The event was organised in partnership by the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and Incredible Edible Somerset.
Take a look at the photographs and resources from the day below:
Resources from the Day:
- Community Land Advisory Service- if you have any question related to land for community projects get in touch with them, they offer free impartial advice to both communities and land managers: http://www.communitylandadvice.org.uk/
- Food Sovereignty- if you’d like to find out more about this following from Nicole’s workshops have a look at http://foodsovereigntynow.org.uk/
- For more on projects in Somerset (Incredible Edible, Master Gardener, etc) go to http://incredible-edible-somerset.ning.com/ or contact Nicole email@example.com
- For advice and support on community growing projects in South West you can get in touch with me, also check our website at www.farmgaden.org.uk
- The event on Communities Buying Land that Jade mention is on 27th November in Birmingham, more info here http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/events/fcfcg-events-in-england/communities-buying-land?view=Events
- Link to Planning Aid, which offers planning advice and support to communities, as Fiona mentioned: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid/