Recent times have been ever more unusual. The Covid pandemic has impacted many people and businesses. One day I hope to make a living from selling homegrown flowers and garden produce, but this hasn't happened yet. Meanwhile, me and my husband are very slowly renovating and reviving our 1950s house and garden in Frome. I earn a living working at Vastern Timber. and I volunteer with Shared Earth Learning.
Shared Earth Learning aims to nurture a love of nature. We offer forest school and outdoor wellbeing sessions in Frome, Somerset, prioritising the needs of the less advantaged members of our community. If you'd like to find out more, visit our blog. If you could spare a donation to support our work, please donate at https://localgiving.org/donation/shared-earth-learning
Wood for the Trees is a series about the future of UK forests, that I've worked on recently. Presented by Tom Barnes, of Vastern Timber, and filmed by nature-based film maker Charly Le Marchant, it's a series looking into the hopes and fears experts have for the future of British forests. https://woodforthetrees.uk/
Frome is a town that does things differently. It's a market town with an independent outlook, home to about 27,000 people and packed with independent businesses and creative, community activities.
Regularly topping lists of great places to live, Frome has built a reputation as an attractive place to do business, and a town with a sustainability agenda.
It is more enterprising than the average town. About 15% of the UK workforce is self employed, but 27% of Frome's working residents are working for themselves.
There is an independent market each month showcasing a range of handcrafted and homegrown produce and products. The town has an active business community, a thriving town hall with an independent town council promoting 'flat pack democracy' and a sustainable agenda. There are regular farmers markets, a regular vegan market, dozens of independent shops, ecologically focused learning co-operatives, organic small holdings and market gardens, and big data analytics firms housed in super eco friendly high tech barns
This page celebrates some of the green goings on in Frome.
Gentle Street in Frome, Somerset
Shared Earth Learning is a co-operative that aims to nurture a love of nature. Since 2018 we've been replanting a section of hedgerow on the Mendip way. We host volunteer sessions, find out more on our blog: https://sharedearthlearning.blogspot.com/2021/06/shared-earth-learning-saturday-sessions.html
Frome Tree Group and Shared Earth Learning are planting native trees in Frome. Native species benefit wildlife and enhance the environment.
Frome Town Council and the Woodland Trust provide free trees for community projects.
Community groups and schools can order free trees from the Woodland Trust, to plant in their local area - it's a great way to take a simple action to improve the future. Find out more here
This video shows what we planted on tree day, and some foraging tips
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Stories from our cottage garden.