• Food

    Tromboncino courgette

    Fox's Field, Wellington
  • Food

    Blackcurrants for people to harvest

    Harvested blackcurrants
  • Food

    Currants

    Gooseberries
  • Food

    Food for the community to pick

    Passersby to pick
  • Food

    Pears to be picked before fully ripened

    Pears
  • Food

    Mixed harvest

    Food
  • Food

    Apples

    Apples
  • Food

    Currants

    redcurrants
  • Food

    Vegetable harvest

    Food
  • Food

    Belotti beans

    Food
  • Food

    Tromboncino courgette

    Fox's Field, Wellington
  • Food

    Blackcurrants for people to harvest

    Harvested blackcurrants
  • Food

    Currants

    Gooseberries
  • Food

    Food for the community to pick

    Passersby to pick
  • Food

    Pears to be picked before fully ripened

    Pears
  • Food

    Mixed harvest

    Food
  • Food

    Apples

    Apples
  • Food

    Currants

    redcurrants
  • Food

    Vegetable harvest

    Food
  • Food

    Belotti beans

    Food

Food

The Sustainable Food Group aims to tackle the climate and ecological crises through the way our town sources its food.

The industrial food system contributes between 44-57% of total global greenhouse gases, so we need to do everything we can to support the transition to a healthier, more sustainable way of feeding ourselves.

Here’s how:

  • Support farmers who use organic and regenerative practices that help boost biodiversity, cut emissions and store carbon in the soil. We spread the word in our talks from guest speakers, film nights, field trips and newspaper articles. We implement these practices in all the sites we manage. We also teach people how to grow their own food this way in the talks on growing vegetables.
  • Sourcing our food as locally and seasonally as possible, including growing our own food, would radically cut down on emissions and reduce foodmiles. Check out the foraging map to show you where you can pick food for free around town, join Wellington Community Farm, a community supported agricultural initiative, and support local food producers.
  • Cooking from scratch at home could cut out the single-use plastic and emissions from buying processed food. Check out the Foraging Guide for recipes on how to use the free food growing around Wellington; recipes within the Growing Veg Notes; and #recipes on our Facebook page. If you would like to help run TTW community cooking demos and events, or if you need some confidence or help with the right connections you can get training as a food champion with the Somerset Food Champion Network.
  • Avoiding food waste can be done by reducing waste at home, see Love Food Hate Waste. Join in harvesting and juicing apples with TTW’s apple juicing project. Check out Wellington’s own Best Before Food Store. We love the idea of more gleaning. Do contact us if you are inspired about this, or any other aspect of sustainable food.

‘Food for thought and thought for food’ could be our mantra.

Foraging guide

Download this booklet, which will not only tell what can be found in and around Wellington, but also give you a range of delicious recipes, and helpful tips about when and how to harvest.

Wellington Foraging Guide

Foraging map

All the key locations around Wellington where are you can harvest fresh food

Wellington Foraging map

Allotments

Growing your own food is one of the best ways of being able to afford the freshest, organic produce, plus helps build the skill to cook and eat seasonally. Allotments are a vital resource to enable us to rent land to do this in. Here you can find your nearest allotment in the Taunton Deane area, with the contact details of who runs them to get your name on a waiting list.

  • 102 plots
  • £26
  • 01823 662855
  • info@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk
  • Map
  • TA21 9DH.  august.stint.plots
  • 64 plots
  • £20 / £30
  • Contact: Tony Manley
  • 01823 662018
  • Map
  • 34 plots
  • £15
  • 07707 000252
  • Map
  • 11 plots
  • £10
  • Contact: Mrs Southcott
  • 01823 662282
  • Map
  • New site – not created yet
  • Costings and allocation not available yet.
  • Contacts: Bloor Homes tel: 01823 660354
  • longforthfarm@bloorhomes.com
  • Town clerk: Tel: 01823 662855
  • info@wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk
  • Map
  • 55 Plots
  • £10 / £30
  • clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk
  • Map
  • 48 plots
  • £30 / £16 and a quarter plot is £8.50
  • lenaholland@hotmail.com
  • Map
  • 30 plots
  • £30 based on m2, at £0.325/m2
  • Sherry Rayson
  • 01984 568096
  • sherryrayson84@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 27 plots
  • £30 / £15
  • Contact: Helen McGladdery
  • 07518 144614
  • bishopshullparishclerk@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 100+ plots
  • £7.20 / £80 + up to £50 deposit
  • Contact: Mrs Valerie Dubois
  • 01823 330442
  • Map
  • 30 plots
  • £35 / £18
  • Contacts: Lynn Searle or Isabelle Ashton (Secretary)
  • lynbilberry@talktalk.net
  • isabelle.ashton29@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 51 plots
  • £10 for 10x5m, £15 deposit
  • hollycloseallotmentassociation@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 40 plots
  • Entry fee £25, annual fee of £30 per plot
  • Contact: Bruce Chadwick
  • srtallotments@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 200 small plots
  • Joining fee £5, yearly plot rent £11 + membership £8 (new members get a half plot)
  • Contact: Patsey Manning (membership secretary) or Neil Palmer (admin secretary)
  • turners.secretary.taa@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 160 plots
  • £30 / £20
  • hamiltonroadallotments@yahoo.com
  • Map
  • 116 plots
  • £15 / £40
  • Contact: Margaret Chapman
  • 07525 236918
  • margro2277@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 17 plots
  • £10 / £24
  • Contact: Richard Marlow
  • 01823 272019
  • Map
  • 60 full plots
  • £30 / £18
  • Contact: Duncan
  • 01823 972008
  • Map
  • 120 plots
  • £23 (average)
  • Contact: Paul Kneeshaw
  • 07887 841226
  • paulandgill26@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 20 plots
  • £35 / £17.50
  • Contact: Amy Shepherd
  • 07588 571775
  • bishopslydeardalmshouses@yahoo.com
  • Map
  • 11 plots
  • £40 (less for third and quarter size)
  • Contact: Parish Clerk
  • 01823 490136
  • parishcouncil@northcurry.com
  • Map
  • 4 plots
  • £20 for half plot
  • 01823 490136
  • parishcouncil@northcurry.com
  • Map
  • 4 plots
  • £20 for half plot
  • 01823 490136
  • parishcouncil@northcurry.com
  • Map
  • 19 plots
  • £25 / £15
  • Contact: Jim Bowery
  • jimbowery@icloud.com
  • Map
  • 45 plots
  • £37
  • Contact: Janet Gobey
  • 01823 259439
  • nfpc@btinternet.com
  • Map
  • 2 plots
  • £25
  • Contact Sarah Fisher
  • stokeparishclerk@gmail.com
  • Map
  • 24 plots
  • £50
  • Contact: Pat Campbell
  • 07818 370459
  • Map
  • 31 plots
  • £24 / £12
  • Contact: Sammie Millard-Jones
  • clerk@trullpc.org.uk
  • Map
  • 11 plots
  • £30
  • clerk@westmonkton.net
  • Map

Growing organic vegetables

Helen Gillingham has had an allotment now since 2004, and started offering a series of 4 free talks per year in Wellington to anyone who wanted to come, and these ran from 2010 to 2016, then again on zoom during 2020.

The following are the notes from the talks and the zoom recordings. Each section takes you through what is most important to be thinking about at that time of year, so you don’t have to read it all at once! Just read the one with the month closest to that which you are in now, or closest to when you want to start gardening. A good place to start planning is in the winter, so whatever time of year it is, you can make a start.

These talks were aimed at beginners, however they do cover as much relevant and new information as possible, including using mulches and the no-dig method, so even experienced gardeners may learn something new. Horticulture is such a huge topic, Helen doesn’t profess to know everything, and includes what has worked for her with trial and error, plus input during the talks from attendees.

We hope this will inspire you to have a go, help you out if there is a problem, or save you time through avoiding mistakes. You may start, like Helen, just wanting to grow and eat organic food, and could be surprised how much you love being in touch with the seasons, the soil and the process of growing. Wishing you happy gardening!

January and February

Learn how to set up your garden/allotment with lots of theory on the no-dig method, compost, rotation etc. Plus, what vegetables to start planting now.

March and April

This is the one with all the veg! Each vegetable is studied one by one with planting method, soil preparation, pest avoidance etc.

May June and July

Continuing to look after your vegetables, with what to plant now, to keep your harvest going through the winter, mulching and composting, harvest techniques, and lots of recipes to use your homegrown veg.

September October November and December

At this time of year, you need to start clearing the crops, protecting the soil for winter, harvesting and storing your veg. These notes give lots of storage advice and recipes. Plus, details of the vegetables you can still plant like garlic.

Learn to cook

In partnership with Food for Life (Soil Association) the Healthier Lifestyle Service team, Public Health (Somerset County Council) has launched the Somerset Food Champion Network training. This training provides practical cooking sessions, encouraging and enabling healthier eating choices.

The participants are given training and support as Somerset Food Champions. The intention being that they then promote the importance of low-cost, nutritious (nutritionally balanced) and seasonal food for healthier eating. It is a process for sharing knowledge and best practice. After their training the Food Champions will become part of a growing network across the county.

A Food Champion passes on food knowledge and practical cooking skills to groups, so that others can learn, cook and share together. Food Champions are recruited through various organisations such as Health Coaches, Social Prescribers (including Village Agents and Community Connectors), registered Volunteers and employees interested in workplace wellbeing. Somerset Community Food encourages the growing, buying, cooking and eating local food. They also have training packages available and have taught many people to start growing and cooking food. It also encourages healthy eating and suggests ways to cope with the rising price of food.

Learn to cook

The Best Before Food Store

The Best Before Food Store is a pop up shop every Tuesday in the Well Christian Centre, Rockwell Green. Members pay a weekly fee of £4 in return for a food hamper worth around £20. A new charity set it up in September 2022. If you would like to get in touch with Paula to make an inquiry about the food service or volunteering, just turn up to the Well Christian Centre in Rockwell Green on Tuesdays between 3pm and 5pm.

The Food Store also provides a space for socialising. It has an area for refreshments and chatting, and a kid’s room for crafts and games. The group hold weekly events, including a cooking demonstration on the first Tuesday of the month. The charity has now reached capacity and there is now a waiting list to become a full member and access all its services.

The food items come from the charity FareShare, which distributes surplus food around the country to save it from being dumped in landfill. They receive around 100kg of food each week from FareShare, but that still doesn’t meet demand. The weekly membership fee, and a donation bucket in Asda Wellington, helps the Food Store to pay for the cost of FareShare membership, which costs them £1900 a year.

The local charity is hoping to increase the volume of their weekly deliveries – but this will come at a cost and also needs more volunteers to come forward.

Wellington Best before Store

Meetings

Monthly meetings: TTW monthly meeting is mainly focused on community gardening activities, but covers a range of other things too. We like to keep the meetings focused on actions & things to do. Everyone is welcome – it’s a great way to meet new people and share new ideas. Second Wednesday of each month 7.30-9pm. Venue changes; see news or calendar

Community gardening sessions: These are regular, at different sites, throughout the year. Please check the calendar, join our WhatsApp group (send us your phone number via the contacts form below), or join our mailing list for regular updates.

  • Eco-lodge

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Eco-lodge

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Swains Lane Barn

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Wellesley Park

    Dreaming Session 2023
  • Eco-lodge

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Swains Lane Barn

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Eco-lodge

    TTW monthly meeting
  • Wellesley Park

    Dreaming Session 2023
  • The Local Folk

    Wildlife AGM 2023
  • The Local Folk

    Wildlife AGM 2023
  • The Local Folk

    Wildlife AGM 2023
  • The Local Folk

    Wildlife AGM 2023

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