This is written by Andrew Jameson, initially for the Quaker newsletter.
David Attenborough’s television series The Blue Planet has had great success recently in drawing attention to the menace of waste plastic in our rivers and seas. The problem is that our brilliant scientists have invented an extremely useful INERT material which nature is unable to recycle by the usual natural processes. The actual offending items range from the extremes of microbeads which are added to e.g. toothpaste and skin products to give a “scrub” action, to the millions of “free” supermarket bags we used to see blowing across fields and hanging off trees.
What can we do to lessen our use of, and dependence on, plastics? Here are a few modest proposals.
- Natural Choice in Barnards Green, Malvern (used to be Hunts Greengrocers) is a traditional family business, vegetables and fruit are all in “loose” displays, with different sized paper bags available. Also stocked: Seville oranges, Yorkshire pink rhubarb, local ice creams, dairy products, Teme Valley sausages and more. Home delivery free in Malvern. 01684 567467.
- The Cheese Board (opposite Natural Choice) has local English wines and ciders as well as cheese and cooked meats. I recommend the Hereford Hop cheese. Cheese is cut to order and wrapped in paper. 01684 891900.
- Green Link, 11 Graham Road, Malvern has large containers of Ecover washing up and laundry liquid etc, bring along your Ecover bottle and refill it. Melanie and I have used these for years with no ill effects! Ecover detergents are less harsh than other products. 01684 576266.
- Cotteswold Dairy, based in Tewkesbury and the Welsh Marches, is an independent family owned firm. Cotteswold offer a traditional doorstep delivery in Malvern using glass bottles which are collected and re-used daily. http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/. 01684 298959.
We have revived the following email:
I’m the new Gleaning coordinator for the West of England, and I was hoping you could help me!
The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities to salvage the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on farms every year across the UK and Europe, and direct this fresh, nutritious food to people in need. We also research and raise awareness about the scale of food waste on UK farms, and campaign for an end to this scandalous waste!
I need to get word of what I’m doing out to farms, specifically Orchards, so that they know to get in touch if they have any surplus. Can you help, either by word of mouth and letting any orchards in your area know about what I’m doing? Also, if you could tell me about any orchards you know of that would be really helpful, obviously any contact details would be even more helpful. Here’s some info for farmers.
Find out more and sign up to be involved as a volunteer here
Cheers and chickpeas!
West of England Gleaning Coordinator
Please note I work part-time, please be patient waiting for a reply.
..to its own new, very exciting and interesting website: malvernhillsfoodalliance.org.uk and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Big thanks to Transition Malvern Hills (TMH) for hosting us for the first 18 months of our existence!
Any correspondence specifically for TMH Food Group should continue to be posted here.
An entertaining history of ‘Growing your own’ in song, verse and humorous sketches! On Friday 14th March at Malvern Cube.
The show is a light-hearted ‘potted’ history of ‘growing your own’ and is a fast moving, humorous and engaging production involving narration, songs, poetry, music and sketches. Digging for Victory, The Horticultural Show, slugs, pests, neighbourly rivalries and even a bit of romance are all there – for those who enjoy a ‘sing’, there is also plenty of opportunity to join in.
‘Merry Tiller’ features a cast of eleven talented local actors, singers and musicians and lasts approximately seventy minutes.
Friday March 14th, doors open 7pm, at Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2YF. Tickets £5 (from The Cube 01684 575363 or on the door). Pdf Flyer for Merry Tiller (191KB)
Bar available with local beer and cider. A light supper will be available before the performance (not included in ticket price).
Come and browse exhibits by local food and growing groups.
Evening organised by Transition Malvern Hills and Malvern Hills Food Alliance.
Community vegetable growing at the Cube
At the Cube we have the first community vegetable growing project in Malvern with 10 raised beds. Community growing makes it lighter work, shares knowledge well and handles gluts as many people can benefit from the produce. TMH have several other food based initiatives and are also partners with the Malvern Hills Food Alliance. Food growing and preparation have enormous potential for not only lowering our Carbon Footprint but improving our health, fitness and wellbeing.
Starting 3rd August, Community Market at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre (Wyche Cutting) from 9am – 11am on the first Saturday of every month.
It will be free for both buyers and sellers with an aim of encouraging community use of produce and generally strengthening the community (and follows on the previous West Malvern version).
See GeoCentre website for more info.
UPDATE at October 2013: the Market has been discontinued – not enough space and not quite working as intended.
The next MHFA meeting will take place in the Mount Pleasant Hotel, Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern at 1930 on 28 March 2013.
All are welcome! We have ‘meetings and greetings’ in the bar from 1900-1930!
MHFA is very pleased to welcome to the Alliance – Warren Farm Veg, a CSA from the Brockampton Estate, Bringsty and the Wilderness Regeneration Group, a community group centred on the Widerness Garden, Elgar Avenue Malvern.
We look forward to cooperating with you!
Edit 2017 out of date Links removed.
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January.
Celebrate breakfast and wonderful locally produced food available in Ledbury.
See information on Ledbury Food Group website.