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Home Grown Horbury

What is Home Grown Horbury?

Home Grown Horbury is a Google Group for frustrated gardeners in the Wakefield area, keen to grow their own fruit and vegetables, but struggling to do so on their own because of a lack of either time, space, experience, resources or in some cases all of these things.

What do we hope to achieve?

Our main aim is to find ways to have a go at growing our own fruit and vegetables and to increase the availability of healthy, locally grown food.

Through our own experience we realise that there are a number of obstacles preventing many people from doing this, so we are working to remove these obstacles locally by: ·

  • Helping people with land meet people with time.
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  • Helping people gain access to under used plots of land
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  • Providing support and information for inexperienced growers
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  • Creating networks of growers to share information and resources
  • What have we done so far?

    We have already set up the Incredible Edible Wakefield website www.incredible- edible-wakefield.co.uk as a way of sharing information on all the resources and growing schemes that already exist in the Wakefield District and highlighting other ideas that are being used across the country by people like us who just want to grow and eat healthy, local food.

    We have started a campaign to encourage Wakefield Council to adopt an idea called Community Growing Licences as a simple way of giving individuals or groups access to under used plots of council land for the purposes of growing fruit and vegetables and will shortly be starting to identify possible plots which could be used as part of a pilot scheme.

    We have also put together proposals for a community growing scheme for Horbury that could be used to provide opportunities for the local community to be actively involved in producing their own food.

    The scheme would include everything from crop planning, through the various stages of growing, right to the eventual harvesting and distribution of the produce and would also provide learning opportunities for local people to develop growing skills that could be taken on and used in the wider community.

    How can I get involved?

    To become a member just fill in the membership questionnaire in the “Pages” section of our Google Group website and return it to us.

    The questionnaire will only be used to enable us to found out what areas of the scheme are of most interest to you so that we can keep you informed.

    Once we receive it you will be added as a Home Grown Horbury Google Group member and will receive e-mailed updates about all our activities and events:

    Thanks for your interest and we hope you'll apply to join our group and enjoy helping get Wakefield Growing.

    If you need any further information e- mail us at home- grown- horbury@googlegroups.com

    contact : Andy Austerfield
    Tel : 07971 098510
    Email : home-grown-horbury@googlegroups.com
    Web : view the web site