a look at news, events and happenings in Somerset
Chance to find some ‘berried treasure’
Ligonberries – part of the berry experience
Gardeners who want to grow more of their own fruit are invited to a free event dedicated to berries at the family-run Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre in Taunton. Staff will be offering complimentary advice on planting, pruning and caring for fruit bushes, canes and trees during its Berried Treasure Week from Monday, 24th
October until Sunday, 30th normal open hours.
Norma Moore, General Manager at the independent, award-winning garden centre, just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield, said: “The event will include free tips from our in- house experts on how to get the best produce from your fruit bushes, canes and trees.
“We’ll also hopefully take the mystery out of pruning and offer advice on how to keep your fruit trees free from pests and diseases, together with providing help on how to choose apples, pears and soft fruit including strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants.”
The event will include regional foods such as preserves and drinks for visitors to taste at 11am and 3pm every day.
Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre also stocks a range of unusual goji berry plants and a whole host of other healthy option berries including blueberries, crowberries, lingonberries and loganberries.
Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton, call 01823 412381 www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk
Bishop’s Palace Community garden project seeks volunteers
A new garden is being planned at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, and needs a team of enthusiastic, green-fingered volunteers to drive it forward and make it a hub of community activity.
Located adjacent to the city allotments, the community garden will be an area where members of the community will be able to learn new skills and take part in activities such as learning about vegetable growing, flowers and herbs. It will also offer a welcoming place where people can meet new friends and enjoy access to a wildlife area.
“Initial volunteer tasks will involve clearing the area to be used for the community garden, building beds and generally getting the garden ready for the growing season next year,” says Amanda Clay, Community Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace.
“Once the garden is set up, general horticultural tasks such as propagation, planting, weeding and harvesting will be required. It is anticipated that this role will also include mentoring new volunteers as the project progresses.”
Successful applicants will be able to work well as part of a team, be happy to work outdoors in all weather, are able to do some manual work and have the skills and enthusiasm for mentoring others. Horticultural experience would be an advantage.
For more information, contact Amanda Clay, Community Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace on Amanda.cl
or 01749 988111 extension 211, Monday-Wednesday.
Country Gardener October during
Straight to your door with Somerset Local Food Direct
If you want to shop using local suppliers giving you great seasonal produce, it can be done without getting in the car and using valuable fuel. Somerset Local Food Direct delivers a weekly shop to your door, with quality, local produce and a huge range from fresh fruit and vegetables to locally-produced meat, with even household items, bottled drinks including cider, beer and wine on the list to choose from.
Started by Roger White, a former pig farmer who saw the need for local produce to be delivered to homes throughout the county (and a little way beyond the border), the company has built a reputation for reliable service and good quality.
has its origins in Somerset Farmers Markets, now ten years old and the organisers of markets in ten towns over the county, and whose logo is ‘Local Food for Local People’.
At this time of year root crops are making their way on to the lists of Somerset Local Food Direct, apples of course are plentiful and come in several varieties, with tasty cheeses to accompany them, fowl coming into season, and new ranges of products are being introduced, such as delicious meat pies. Speciality breads, puddings, cakes and flapjacks are available, as are jams and pickles, and a range of locally-made ready meals for when you don’t want to cook.
Ordering is easy, by phone or online. www.sfmdirect.co.uk
Somerset Local Food Direct, Unit 1, Thomas Way, Glastonbury BA6 9LU. Telephone: 01458 830831. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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