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Welcome to the Incredible Edible North Hampshire Blog!

Incredible Edible North Hampshire (IE-NH) is a group of local volunteers who are sharing responsibility to create more resilient, vibrant and cohesive communities in North Hampshire through encouraging the production and sourcing of local food.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Monthly Meeting - Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm

Tuesday 21st May @ 7.30pm – Community House, 32 Branton Close, South Ham,RG22 6UN.

7.30 pm Arrivals 
  • Introductions
  • Orchard – War Memorial Park

               - Maintenance Schedule
               - Signage: / grants: Update
               - Information Board Competition
  • Events

                - BCOT - Eco-Basingstoke Conference - Tuesday 14th May
                - Volunteer Day - Wednesday 5th June
                - Basingstoke Green Week 14th - 21st September
                - Octoberfest - 12th & 13th October

  • YMCA: 

               - Introduction with Sherrie Morgan
               - Open Discussion on ideas
  • Work Parties

  • Review actions arising from our last meeting
  • AOB

Further details contact bob on 07909 541145

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Monthly Meeting - Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm

The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm at the Community House.


·  7.30 pm Arrivals 
·  Introductions
·  Orchard – War Memorial Park
                    Review of planting
                    Signage / grants: Sainsbury’s / Four Lanes Trust……..
                    Information/ Learning projects
·  Octoberfest 
·  Volunteer Day
·  Malmesbury Fields
·  Scope
·  Top Of The Town Update – “if we could have a share in a retail unit, 
                                                                           what would we do with it?”
·  Review actions arising from our last meeting
·  AOB
·  Close

The meetings are open to all who have an any kind of interest in food!

Next meeting:
Tuesday 21st May @ 7.30pm – Community House, 32 Branton Close, South Ham, RG22 6UN.

Further details contact bob on 07909 541145
Kind Regards

Community Orchard - War Memorial Park - Planting Completed!

A big "THANK YOU" to all the volunteers who helped complete the planting of the trees in the Community Orchard in the War Memorial Park through last week and finishing with the big push on Saturday which saw the last 23 trees planted making 49 in all. 

More pictures here:

The weather was finally kind enough after two false starts with the torrential rain at the first attempt and the freezing cold winds at the second. Roughly 50 people came forward with their help and support - which was great!

We have a little tidying up to do and need to get some more compost to site and around the trees.

Colin is kindly drawing up the maintenance schedule, so if you would like to be involved with this going forward be it mulching, watering, pruning, inspecting for pests, disease etc please let us know. It is a Community Orchard and as such is for everyone to enjoy.

Some next steps if you are interested:

1) Incredible Edible North Hampshire is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation focused on the local sourcing of food through Community, Learning and Local Business. We hold meetings once a month, the next meeting is on Tuesday 16th April at The Community House, 32 Branton Close, South Ham, Basingstoke RG22 6UN if you would like to come along and celebrate the planting of the Community Orchard. Our thanks to Sovereign Kingfisher for letting us use the Community House.

2) To-date we have been focusing on the Community thread and would like to now use the Orchard to get the Learning thread going. The first stage will be to raise the funds needed to get the signage and information boards in place at the Community Orchard. We plan to include QR codes which can be read by smartphones both on the notice boards and on each tree which can be linked back to websites with lots more information. 

With growing, cooking and nutrition going back onto the national curriculum these QR codes will open up opportunities for schools to conduct projects which can be designed to support the national curriculum. For example subject areas which could be covered include: IT - web design; Soil Science, Genetics explaining the diversity of trees, Horticulture - planting and maintaining trees; harvesting: preserving and processing fruit; cookery, nutrition.

So if you know of any organisations that might be willing to provide funds towards to information boards or schools which might be interested in running projects linked to the Community Orchard please put us in touch with the appropriate people!

Thank you once again for your help and support,

Kind Regards

Incredible Edible North Hampshire