Incredible Edible Totnes is an inspired bunch of people getting veggies and edibles growing in public and unused spaces in Totnes for the common plate.
The potential veggie output of even small spaces is huge. Whether you believe in access to land for all, re-localising our food supply and avoiding packaging, cutting down on food miles and oil use, or just happily overturning the supermarkets' strangle-hold on our food system...the time is ripe for getting planting!
The planters near Steamer Quay have been some of the first places the work has started... now there are sites at the Rockery near the Rugby club and the station platform.
For more info contact Wendy on 01803 868305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved - get growing together with others - and let's take local food production into the heart of the Totnes community.
Summer timetable for volunteer activities for Incredible Edible events, and Gardening Skillshares (click on them to enlarge in a new window):
Annual review of TTT Fruit and Nut tree and Incredible Edible projects, May 2014-April 2015
At last some of our orchards are bearing substantial fruit. See this plum and pear tree above in the Town cemetery, summer 2014.
We started planting this orchard in 2009 and added another 15 trees in Feb 2014. A few of the original ones died, and more were gifted from various Transition visitors from other towns in the UK and other countries.
One of the most heart-warming sights in 2014 was to see this heart nut tree in Follaton arboretum flourish after a new memorial garden had been created nearby, in remembrance of infants still-born. The picture also featured in a good article in the Totnes Times last autumn about the Fruit and Nut tree project. It is the only heart-nut tree, of many that we planted, that survived. Although we have planted few new trees in the last 12 months, lots of hard work has gone into continuing to care for the trees. The pictures below show some spring clearing around one of the pear trees in blossom in the Follaton arboretum in April 2015, and others clearing round the almond trees in the Follaton arboretum earlier last winter.
Our tree guardians have watched and tended as much as they have been able, to the trees scattered over the town and onto the Sharpham estate. I think Guardian of the Year has to be Simone Wilkie, for impeccable care of the trees on Longmarsh, many of which thrive only thanks to her efforts to keep the brambles at bay. A heart-breaking episode during early spring this year was the cutting down of two mature almond trees, in blossom, in upper Bridgetown. We do not know how this happened.
We have held summer and winter pruning workshops again in the last 12 months, led by the inspiring Charles Staniland, and done a good bit of pruning in Colwell wood orchard as well as the ones we have planted. We harvested apples from Colwell orchard for another apple pressing celebration, in the Rotherfold square, during an Artisans fair that Sima Cutting and others organised last autumn. We were able again to use the wonderful hand-made apple press gifted by Frankie Wellwood.
A grafting workshop was held by Larch Maxey on Easter Sunday, and lots of new saplings grafted. All of you who visit the Follaton Arboretum will have noticed the major progress in the Forest Garden ... but that's another story, to follow ...
Meanwhile, the Incredible Edible plantings have flourished through another growing season, on the Rockery and Steamer quay and station bed. The Incredible Edible sites were some of the many community gardens in Totnes to win a combined trophy in the RHS Britain in Bloom South-West competition! We owe a special vote of thanks to the many visitors to Totnes last summer who joined in the endless watering required on the Steamer quay site through the long hot dry spell. Also thanks to the neighbours living next to the Rockery site who allowed us to use their hose for keeping the Rockery plants alive. One picture above was a spring planting session there in 2014, another picture shows the Steamer quay planters bursting with flowers and vegetables last summer, 2014.
Another growing site evolved last year along the station embankment on Station road, and pictures show some clearing and sowing seed there in April 2015. As I write this with spring bursting all around, I'm immensely grateful to all of you who have helped to care for all these trees and other edible plants through another season. Roy Wilkinson and John Comben are stalwart allies. Somehow, just enough of us manage to rally to give just good-enough care! But MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOMED, so tell anyone you think might like to be a part of this effort to grow more local food for generations to come, and inspire others to grow their own food in small spaces.
Help specially needed with some of the more 'background work, the collecting of compost and manure, the making of signs to mark the plants and educate about their use. So any of you with an occasional hour or two to spare for these kind of tasks, please let me know by using the contact details at the top of this page.
April 30th 2015