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Growing Taunton – Sat 1st July

We will be out and about again Saturday in Somerset Square to finish off the terracing of the slope.

Location: Somerset Sq – between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground

When: Sat 20th May – 10.30 – 12.30

Taunton Transition Town have been running this site at Somerset Square for some years now; replacing the municipal plants with something we can eat or which is beneficial to insects.  Find the vegetables, herbs and other plants growing in the planters between the Brewhouse Theatre and the Cricket Ground in Taunton.

What is ready now?

  • Peas
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lovage – great herb with a strong celery taste – use sparingly
  • Oca Leaves – the leaves have a citrusy taste and great addition to salad
  • Some lettuce leaves left

Our courgettes are progressing and some are in flower…. so will be ready very soon.

Come along and hear all about the community garden and what is ready now.

We need your help to weed, plant and haul water!  We have big plans for Somerset Square and need your help. Bring you garden forks, trowels and gloves for some extra special TLC to this wonderful display. This time we hoping to transform the slope into a wonderful terrace of incredible edibles.

Growing Taunton – Saturday 3rd Sep

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Taunton Transition Town will be holding another Growing Taunton session in Somerset Square this Saturday.  We have got a lot growing this year…. tomatoes, sweetcorn, cabbage, kale,mint, rosemary, chives, thyme, lovage, tarragon, courgettes and oca.  Come along and help tend, nuture and water this glorious produce; right in the heart of the Taunton.

  • Date: Saturday 3rd September
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Where: Somerset Square, Near Brewhouse Theatre

We might possibly move on to our other plot in Vivary Park.  This plot features medicinal herbs as well as some very unusual edibles.

If you cannot make it then you can always lend a hand when it is dry. We keep some buckets in planters to act as water carriers. If you can spare five minutes whilst you walk past the planters please stop by and grab a bucket – you can gather water from the river and give those thirsty plants a good shower.

Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus you get strawberries.

Ron Finley – Gangsta’ Gardener from Los Angeles

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton – Somerset Square

Come and help grow vegetables in the middle of Taunton.  Pick up some tips on growing veggies.

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If you eat, you’re in

We are trying to inspire people all over the town to take food production back into their own hands. Any piece of land has the potential to grow food – be it a curbside, your back garden or a spare corner in a park. Our mission is to take down the barriers between you and your ability to grow there. And it starts here in Somerset Square, near the Brewhouse.

Where: Somerset Square, near Brewhouse, Taunton

When: Saturday 04/06/2016, 10.30-12.30.

Bring gardening gloves, trowels and if you have them any vegetable plants to spare.

Growing Taunton
Growing Taunton

Growing Taunton

The next Growing Taunton event will be on Sat 3rd Oct in Somerset Square (between the Brewhouse and the Somerset Cricket Ground – the planters have all sorts of vegetables growing; sweetcorn, pumpkin, kale, oca, lovage, parsley, rosemary, chard. thyme and nasturtium. Plus there is an abundance of flowers to bring the bees in; just marigolds and phacelia. at the moment as we come into autumn. Meet by the planters at 10.30 am.

Bring secateurs, trowels and spades…. and gardening gloves.  The aim of this session is to tidy the planters for winter and give some buddleia a prune.  (Great for the butterflies when in flower but a bit of bully in a flower bed).

The aim of Growing Taunton is to get more fruit and vegetables in our public spaces. We promote how everyone can have access to local, sustainable food.

There are no members only the motto: ‘If you eat, you are in.’

Growing Taunton

The next Growing Taunton event will be on Sat 1st August in Somerset Square (between the Brewhouse and the Somerset Cricket Ground – the planters have all sorts of vegetables growing; sweetcorn, broad bean, peas, french beans, pumpkin, courgettes, strawberries, radish, parsley, rosemary, chard. thyme and nasturtium. Plus there is an abundance of flowers to bring the bees in; marigolds, wallflowers, alliums, agapanthus, oxe-eye daisy and phacelia.) Meet by the planters at 10.30 am.

Come the autumn we need an essential re-design for the planters to minimise the amount of watering that needs to be done in the summer.  Looking to permaculture design wicking beds look like the best option.

The aim of Growing Taunton is to get more fruit and vegetables in our public spaces. We promote how everyone can have access to local, sustainable food.

There are no members only the motto: ‘If you eat, you are in.’

Growing Taunton
Growing Taunton

Somerfest – Saturday 20th June

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Taunton Transition Town will be at Somerfest tomorrow ready to get you growing your own vegetables!  Come along and plant a radish, bean, courgette, pumpkin and many more besides plus you can take them away.  All free! All you have to do is water it, plant it in your garden and watch it grow!  See all the wonderful vegetables growing in the planters in Somerset Square.

Where will we be – Somerset Square, near the Brewhouse Theatre.

There will be plenty of other events as part of Somerfest in Somerset Square, Goodlands Gardens, High Street and Castle Green.  See http://somerfest.net/

Local People Growing a Brighter Future
Local People Growing a Brighter Future

Guerilla Gardening @ Somerset Square – Sat 7th March

Come and join us for another year of guerilla gardening…. planting in Somerset Square, right next to the Brewhouse Theatre.

Meet on Sat 7th March at 10.30 am by the planters.  Bring gloves, trowels, secateurs and if you have any; vegetable seeds…

We will start with tidying the beds and then revitalising the soil with compost ready for the new season.

Aim to plant:

  •  garlic
  • broad beans
  • beetroot
  • salad leaves

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So why are we doing this?

Well Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible Todmorden explains it well:

Tasty Borough

Fruit Tree Planting @ Childrens' Wood, TauntonRoger Mitchinson and Vivette Moore

“Somerset – and Taunton Deane in particular – has always been associated with apples. Orchards were once a common sight but, sadly, many have been uprooted to make way for other crops. I hope the Council’s lead in planting beautiful and useful native trees will bear fruit by others following our initiative to make Taunton Deane a truly ‘Tasty Borough.’”  Cllr Coles, TDBC

Taunton Transition Town helped to launch the “Tasty Borough” project with Taunton Deane Borough Council on Thursday, 25th February. Twelve traditional apple trees were planted including old varieties such as Old Somerset Russet, Pomeroy of Somerset and Beauty of Bath.
Fruit Tree Planting @ Childrens' Wood, TauntonFruit Tree Planting @ Childrens' Wood

The project was kick started by Taunton Deane’s Green Champions Roger Mitchinson and Vivette Moore who lobbied for a re-launch of TDBC tree planting scheme with an obvious emphasis on the edible tree. This is just the start of a wider programme to put Taunton Deane at the core of the apple country (pardon the pun!)

The Council is keen to make the Borough a greener place, reducing its carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change. Next year some £10,000 is being put aside for tree planting across the district.

Fruit Tree Planting @ Childrens' Wood