Transition Ashtead Food Group

The Transition Ashtead Food Group has been launched and has held its first meeting .  We decided that our initial aim is to promote food growing in Ashtead.  We will encourage organic methods, but not try to insist on this.  In due course we may extend our activities to promote selling of locally grown food.

We agreed to look at the following ideas:

  • Establish a community garden
  • Set up a garden sharing scheme (garden sharing involves linking people with gardens they cannot manage with people who want to garden but need more land)
  • Find local experts who are willing to help get started with food growing, or advise when gardening problems arise
  • Encourage wild life by measures like:
    • let grass grow long
    • plant trees
    • plant hedges
    • find sites for bee hives

If you’d like to get involved in the group or want to know more, we’d love to hear from you.  You can either email us using the ‘Contact Us’ link on the Transition Ashtead home page or give me a ring on 01372-378914.

Derek Smith

Comments

  1. Caroline Cardew-Smith says:

    The Food Group is seeking sites suitable for bee hives in Ashead. Honey bees are crucial for pollinating vegtables, fruit and flowers and have been in decline recently so they need our help. If you have a medium/large garden and would be interested in finding out about being ‘bee hosts’ please contact the Epsom and Ewell Bee Keepers Association.
    http://www.surreybeekeepers.org.uk/epsom

    We have two hives and it is fascinating to watch them and learn more about honey bees plus the bonus of your very own free honey!! I can thoroughly recommend being a bee host, please feel free to contact me if you would like to visit our hives and find out more.

    Caroline