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YEW: Stories of food and resilience from Tang Hall

29 November, 3:30 – 4:45pm

In recent years the Tang Hall Community Centre has undertaken a series of diverse initiatives in and around food. The event reveals the thinking behind those initiatives and what the benefits have been for local people. It is a good news story that contains ideas that can be taken up in other neighbourhoods.

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Stories of food and resilience from Tang Hall

Event Description

In recent years the Tang Hall Community Centre, at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Melrosegate, has undertaken a series of diverse initiatives in and around food. This session outlines what has happened, the thinking behind those events and enterprises, and what the benefits have been for local people. It is a good news story though assisted by some Big Local funding, also contains ideas that other communities may wish to copy or adapt within their neighbourhoods.

Four speakers will be interviewed by the chair of Edible York – Ruth Jennaway:

Anna Hunter – Tang Hall Big Local Project Lead
Stephen Collins – The Tang Hall Community Centre Manager
Joe Fennerty – Food Circle
Louise Cantlay – Edible York’s Abundance Co-ordinator

Covid restrictions have severely reduced the community centre’s activity programme, but two food initiatives have managed to continue and adapt to serve local people. Whilst they have very different aims and objectives, the centre has shown that basing them on the same community site has created mutual benefits.

Organised by: Edible York
Theme: Food, Nature, Resources & Waste
When: Sunday 29 November 2020, 3:30 to 4:45pm
Where: Online
Booking: Eventbrite

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Edible Map

At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.

There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.

Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.

As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.