The sun shines on Berry Brow Carnival

Berry Brow Carnival

It was a lovely sunny day for Berry Brow Carnival on Saturday 25th July 2009.  Our plant stall and seed planting table were popular, and we met lots of new people as well as catching up with some of our members.


We brought along lots of herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, cherries, beetroot, chard, rocket, peppers and other goodies. All the plants were grown by Newsome residents, and the money donated by visitors to our stall will be used to help support other people in Newsome with growing their own food.


Particular favourites on the plant stall were Janet’s pineapple mint, Sasi’s yard long beans, Diane’s tomatoes and Ruth’s box of home grown produce, picked fresh on the day. Mayor’s consort Darrel caused much hilarity by ‘adopting’ a mint (that’s food growing without getting your fingers dirty) and parents went home laden down with many pots of seeds planted up by their kids.


It was good to hear people’s ideas for new food growing activities in Newsome. A lady from Berry Brow is interested in doing a project about the fruit growing history of the area, based around its evocative name. We also got the chance to talk to people about some of our future plans, and to find out what people want to see happening in Newsome.


We discovered that Newsome residents are looking forward to the opening of the first allotment site in Newsome to benefit from Kirklees Council’s extra funding for allotment improvements – Malvern Road allotments. We were asked whether there are any plans to hold an event there to celebrate. We think that’s a good idea, and we’ve already approached officers of the council to ask if this is possible.


We seem to be developing a habit of taking on at least two new projects every time that we have an event. It’s great to see how much enthusiasm there is for food growing in Newsome. If you’d like to get more involved in Growing Newsome and help us to make some more of these ideas a reality, you’d be very welcome. Please contact us to find out more.


Photos of Berry Brow Carnival

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