Together we can save our mill ponds

Save Newsome Mill ponds

Our mill ponds are once again under threat. Let’s not lose another part of the historic Newsome Mills site. You have until Friday 23rd June 2017 to add your voice to our campaign.

In January 2017, the Huddersfield Planning Committee voted unanimously to refuse planning application number 2016/91479. The application proposed the destruction of the 19th century mill pond and culvert at Newsome Mills, which is the oldest surviving part of the site. The leaseholders have now lodged an appeal against that decision.


How to make your views heard

The appeal will be considered by the Planning Inspectorate. Previous comments will be considered by the inspector, but you can submit new comments too. So if you haven’t already spoken up for our local heritage, or if you’ve got something new to say, now is the time. Here’s how to make your views heard…

Object to the appeal online now at: www.savenewsomemillponds.org.uk 


Choose ‘Make representation’

Or email: North2@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Or write to: Michael Joyce, The Planning Inspectorate Room 3N, Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN 
(you must send 3 copies of your letter).

You must make sure that the Planning Inspector receives your comments by Friday 23rd June 2017.


You must quote this reference in emails and letters:
APP/Z4718/W/17/3173711


This land at Hart Street, right at the centre of Newsome, is part of the historic Newsome Mills site. It includes the 19th century mill pond, the former mill workers allotments and an avenue of protected trees that lines the approach to the Grade II listed Newsome Mills. It’s well used by wildlife and greatly valued by local residents. Community organisations in the area have asked the leaseholders many times for the use of this land, which we want to keep as open space for the benefit of residents and wildlife.

In 2008 & 2009, very similar plans for this site were turned down after local people campaigned against them. The applicants said there was no demand for land for food growing in Newsome. Since then, we’ve become a community of almost 1,000 food growers, and we would welcome the return of this land to community ownership, so that we can use it in the way that local people want.

What the Planning Inspectorate said in 2009 about the land at Hart Street

“The openness of this previously undeveloped part of the site provides valuable visual relief in what is otherwise a fairly densely developed urban area.

“The loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

(This was the verdict of Planning Inspector A J Davison, who dismissed an appeal about a similar planning application for this site in August 2009.)

If you agree with this, please add your comments now.


Save Newsome Mill Ponds

Print out our campaign leaflet to share with your neighbours

Together we can save our mill ponds – advice sheet (PDF)

Further information

Together we can save our mill ponds – blog


Big Plant Swap – Saturday 20th May 2017

Edible plants and flowers

Big Plant Swap

Saturday 20th May 2017
10am to 1pm

Free admission – all weclome

Newsome Scout Hall, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield HD4 6JJ


swapping plantsTake your pick from hundreds of plants – great for growers, super for sharers.

You can choose from:

Vegetables
Salads
Herbs
Fruit
Wildlife-friendly flowers

You’re very welcome to bring along plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds to swap – but you don’t need to bring something to be able to take something (you can make a donation to Growing Newsome in exchange for your plants).

 

Lots more to enjoy…

Seed Swap – lots of vegetable seeds to swap or buy.

Children’s craft activities.

Local produce on sale.

Plant some seeds to grow on your windowsill.

Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes.

Information about growing and sharing food in Newsome.

Find out about other local projects and events.


plant swap lunchLocal food lunch:
served 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a healthy lunch at Newsome Scout Hall – with recipes for you to take home. We’ll be serving a selection of tasty salads (including warm salads) from our Spring salad bar, plus a fruit pudding.

We ask for a small donation to cover the costs of making your lunch.


Print our poster for your venue – or share with a friend:

Big Plant Swap poster 2017 (PDF)


What happens at the Plant Swap?
Here’s a short film about Growing Newsome’s Plant Swap, made by Alistair I Macdonald at Curlew Films for Plant it Grow it Eat it.


You can see more food growing films on the Food Kirklees web site:
10 short films about food growing in Kirklees

Can you sow a few extra seeds to swap or share?

seedlings

Get plant swapping

Every May we hold a big plant swap that’s bursting with vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs, seeds and wildlife-friendly flowers. If you’d like to get involved, you can:

– Sow a few extra seeds this Spring.
– Bring along your spare seedlings.
– Take cuttings or divide perennial plants.
– Save your seeds to share.

What would you like to grow?

Please let us know if there are particular plants that you’d like to be able to pick up from our Plant Swap, and we’ll ask our network if anyone can bring them along. We’ve already been asked for Cardoons, Globe Artichokes, Patty Pan Squash, Dill, Peppers and soft fruit. Please let us know about anything you can bring, or anything you’d like to get – and we’ll do our best to find it. 

Join us for our Big Plant Swap

You’re very welcome to join us between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 20th May at Newsome Scout Hall to swap or share whatever you’ve grown and to meet other local food growers. Full event details will be available on our web site nearer the time.

seedlings and plants

 

Spring planting – Saturday 8th April 2017

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

Spring planting
Saturday 8th April
from 10am to 12 noon

Ashenhurst Allotments, entrance between 67 & 69
Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6PX

Come and join us for an informal, fun planting session.

Help us to start planting up our community allotment with vegetable seeds this Spring.

Meet other local growers and take a tour of our plot.

You can sit down in our potting shed to sow some seeds, or plant some vegetables out in our plot.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided.

We have space undercover in case it rains!

 

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

 

Potato varieties available in 2017

Apache potatoes

Apache potatoes

If you’re going to grow some spuds this year, you might want to have a look at some of the 30 varieties of seed potato we’ll have available at our Seed Swap and Potato Day. There’s something for everyone, from old favourites to some more unusual varieties.

All our potatoes are £2 per dozen, pick and mix (or 20p each). You can choose just what you need – and you’ll be supporting our community activities at the same time.

Our full list of varieties:

Potato picker 2017 – full list of varieties (pdf)

or you might like to try one of our top five…


Our top five potato picks

Home Guard potatoesHome Guard is one of the eight heritage varieties that we have available this year. It was the main potato during World War II, being introduced in 1942 and promoted by the Home Guard. It has consistent high and early yields of tasty potatoes. The last time we had Home Guard available, it proved very successful – one participant told us that these were “the best potatoes I’ve ever grown”. So we have jumped at the chance to offer them again this year. 



Pink Gypsy potatoesPink Gypsy 
is one of the new varieties we’re trying this time. It’s quite distinctive looking, with deep pink and cream skins. The tasty white and creamy flesh has a lovely, fluffy texture when cooked. Great whether baked, roasted or mashed. If striking-coloured spuds are your thing, you might also like to try Apache (which has similar markings), Salad Blue, Shetland Black or Highland Burgundy Red.

 


Jazzy seed potatoesJazzy is popular with our local growers. This exciting new second early variety has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit for its superb garden performance. It’s a waxy, set-skinnned potato which is both versatile and good looking – boil, steam, crush or roast. Described as a “small potato that packs a big punch” because it’s full of flavour and has performed well in trials.

 


Mixture of Sarpo potatoesSarpo potatoes are grown by the Sarvari Research Trust in North Wales. These potatoes all have excellent resistance to blight, so they are ideal for organic growers. Our participants have had great success with them. This year we have Sarpo Kifli and Sarpo Mira on offer. Ideal if you want a reliable main crop. The Sarpo Mira is organic – it’s one of fourteen different organic varieties that we’re offering this year.

 


Pink Fir Apple potatoesPink Fir Apple potatoes are always in high demand here – and rightly so. They’re one of our all time favourites, great tasting both hot and cold. You can cook them whole in their skins, so don’t worry about peeling this unusual shaped spud. To make sure that you don’t miss out on this firm favourite, we keep lots of them in stock. Enjoy!

Growing Newsome Seed Swap & Huddersfield Potato Day – Saturday 4th March 2017

Seed Swap and Potato Day
Get your growing year off to a great start with our bumper early Spring event…

Seed Swap and Potato Day

Saturday 4th March 2017
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Pink Fir Apple, British Queen and Sarpo Blue Danube


Huddersfield Potato Day

Choose from 30 different types of seed potato, including popular easy-to-grow varieties and some more unusual types. All seed potatoes are £2 per dozen (pick and mix) or 20p each. Our 2017 varieties are:


1st Earlies:

Casablanca (organic), Home Guard, Lady Christl, Maris Bard (organic), Pentland Javelin, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express, Swift.

2nd Earlies:
Apache, British Queen, Charlotte (organic), Jazzy, Kestrel, Maris Peer (organic), Nicola (organic).

Mains:
Ambo (organic), Cara (organic), Desiree (organic), Foxton (organic), Golden Wonder (organic), Highland Burgundy Red (organic), 
International Kidney, Pink Gypsy (organic), Pink Fir Apple, Rooster, Salad Blue (organic), Sarpo Kifli, Sarpo Mira (organic), Shetland Black.

Potato picker 2017 (PDF)
– more info about all our 2017 seed potato varieties

Potato varieties available in 2017 – our top five potato picks


seeds and seedlings


Seed Swap

Seeds galore – We’ll also have vegetable and salad seeds, sprouted garlic, onion sets and shallots on offer. You can either swap, or pick up some seeds in exchange for a small donation. Try our seed starter packs – ideal for growing in small spaces.

Activities – Seed planting and crafts for kids.

Local food – Jam, pickles, chutney etc. made from fruit and veg grown in Newsome.

Books – Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Refreshments – Tea, coffee and home made cakes available all day.

Help with growing – Please ask for advice.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – Stirley Community Farm will be here to tell you about what’s happening at the farm and how you can get involved. Fresh, farm-grown veg will also be on sale.

Plant pot & jam jar amnesty – Bring along your spare small plant pots or small jam jars (1Ib or less).


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Composting advice

Want to start composting at home or on your allotment but not sure how? Want some tips about improving your compost? Or want to find out how to set up a wormery? Kirklees Council’s recycling officer, Rachel Palmer, will be on hand at our event to help you learn more about composting.


potato day food and activities
Join us for lunch

served 12 noon to 1pm 

Enjoy a warming cooked lunch, featuring some local ingredients.

Free admission. All welcome. And please tell all your friends!

Seed Swap 2017 leaflet (pdf)

Huddersfield Potato Day leaflet (pdf)


WYOGOrganised by Growing Newsome

Our special thanks to the
West Yorkshire Organic Group
for supporting our Potato Day.


Want to help?

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with our events and activities. Contact us at growingnewsome@gmail.com to find out more, or ask on the day.


We are recovering from the terrible fire at Newsome Mills

Newsome Mills after the fireIn the aftermath of the terrible fire in the early hours of Thursday 17th November 2016 that destroyed the main four-storey building at Newsome Mills, our community are supporting each other in coming to terms with our loss.

After a very difficult week for everyone, we’re delighted to be able to confirm that on Friday 25th November 2016 our landmark clock tower was declared safe.

Find out more on the Newsome Mills Campaign blog:

A week that broke our hearts, but not our spirit

For more information about Newsome Mill, visit:
www.SaveNewsomeMills.org.uk
or follow @NewsomeForum on Twitter.


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