Helping the community of Hook Norton keep growing

Date: Thursday 12 May 2016

WEB - Hook Norton Incredible Edible 2016

We have provided support to a community group based in Hook Norton which is helping the village become more economical and self-sufficient with the introduction of the Incredible Edible scheme.

Our Oxfordshire team, which is currently building high-quality homes at Bourne View on the outskirts of the village, has provided a donation to organisers of the scheme to support their efforts in promoting and developing the initiative within the local community.

Incredible Edible Hooky, as it’s known in the village, forms part of a global philosophy started in 2007 which aims to reduce the carbon footprint by growing and harvesting food locally.

Sarah Morris, project lead for Incredible Edible Hooky, says: “We now live in a more uncertain world, and we can’t always rely on external provision, so it’s really important to be able to grow and harvest food ourselves.

“The Incredible Edible project helps to bring people together in the local community and improves wellbeing – and while we’re not feeding the village just yet, we are in the process of the first phase of the project which involves erecting beds to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs.”

Our donation will be used towards purchasing a gazebo and stand for the Incredible Edible Hooky group, to allow them to inform other residents about the scheme.

“Our challenge is to communicate our message and get more people involved in the long-term,” continues Sarah. “We’re starting off with unused and unloved bits of land throughout the village, and if it’s successful then in the long term we’re hoping to scale up and create a community garden.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a scheme like this in the village. We started planning it last year and we’re hoping to have the first beds completed by this spring.

“Taylor Wimpey’s donation will help us to communicate with the rest of the village and get people interested, as we can attend local events and set up our stand and gazebo.

“We’re planning to attend various events over the coming months, including local fetes, school events and the Hook Norton Apple Day.”

We offered to support the Incredible Edible Hooky scheme after its members appealed to us for support.

Sarah adds: “We have around 10 to 15 people working on the project at the moment and we’re hoping to get the village more environmentally-minded and educate them about the earth and how resources are under pressure, and our treasurer and secretary Diana Barber has been a real driving force behind this.

“With Incredible Edible we’re encouraging people to take action locally and do their bit, and we hope people have fun while doing it.

“There are some allotments in the village but people are losing touch with how to grow, harvest and cook their own food, so it’s also about sharing skills and it’s wonderful to have this support from Taylor Wimpey.

“Without their help we couldn’t get the project off the ground, so it’s hugely appreciated and allows us to take a step forward.”

Nikki Gibson, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, says: “We were delighted to help the Incredible Edible Hooky group and support such a fantastic scheme.

“The team is working really hard to promote an important message within the village of Hook Norton – we wish them the best of luck with their projects.”

There’s a superb selection of three and four-bedroom homes currently available at Bourne View.