Green Fair 29 May 2021

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Hull Growers Handbook 2021

If you’re looking for specific information about what to sow and grow in Hull, download the Growers_Handbook_2021, newly updated for 2021.

This handbook is for people in Hull or East Yorkshire with an interest in
locally-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. The information in it is updated
every year and is available as a PDF download from various websites. Produced by Hull Growers Network ( in collaboration with Hull Food Partnership ( the booklet is aimed at new or amateur growers, and families with children interested in growing their own food. There are guides on which
vegetables to try growing as a beginner and when to sow. It gives advice on
buying gardening tools and is also a directory of community gardening sites
in Hull that can be contacted. While it is not intended to be an exhaustive
instruction manual on how to grow veg, it can point you towards gardens, allotments and people in and near Hull that can provide examples of how to do things successfully. Many people prefer to learn by doing, so here you will find local sites demonstrating different techniques. As a new gardener learning how to grow, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, especially on the Internet. Information found online may not always be applicable to our local climate and soil so the information in this booklet has been selected with the growing conditions of Hull and East Yorkshire in mind.

View or download the pdf file here Growers_handbook_2021

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Transition videos of the What Next? summit

The Transition Network is currently running a ‘What Next? summit, comprising a number of zoom sessions over three weeks. The recordings of the first week’s sessions are now available on YouTube and the links are below.

Summit Opening – Blizzard of Stories

After the poem that opens the session there are accounts of a number of inspiring projects, some based in the UK, some further afield, introduced by Rob Hopkins


Making Sense of the Climate Emergency

Four speakers with different perspectives on the climate emergency – Sam Knights of Extinction Rebellion, Lola Fayokun of the Youth Climate Movement, Michael Mann author of The New Climate War, and Anna Bullen of the Centre for Alternative Technology which produced the Zero Carbon Britain Reports


What is breaking through as the current food system is breaking down?

Prof Tim Lang, Prof of Food Policy at City University, and Julie Brown, Dee Woods and Pam Warhurst who all have various backgrounds in community growing, offer brief presentations and contribute to the discussion.


Should you want to participate in any of the remaining zoom sessions go to  for information

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Swap your seeds during 17 Feb to 17 March 2021

It’s not a Seed Swap – it’s a Seed Amnesty! 
It wasn’t possible to go ahead with a Seed Swap this spring, so th eSeed Amnesty is an opportunity for you to share seeds you have collected, but with no knowledge of who will receive them. How you bag up and label seeds is up to you (you might want to use this as an opportunity to promote your projects) but at the very least please indicate what type of seeds they are and where they came from.

This will take place for one month from 17th February to 17th March 2021 at Rooted in Hull urban farm and shop (St Peter Street, Hull, HU9 1AA – next to Royal Mail.)

PLEASE NOTE: People will only be able to drop off and collect seeds on the following specific days each week:

  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

This means people will be coming and going on different days/times, this is intentional.

People SHOULD NOT arrange to meet one another at Rooted. This is essential as in order to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot have too many people on site at the same time, this is to protect your health and that of the wider community across Hull.

As this will work along a lucky dip idea, we can’t guarantee what seeds (if any) will be available at any given time. After 17th March, any leftover seeds will go to people buying veg/plants from Rooted.

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Some free online events in January 2021

Mon 18 January 7.30 pm: Online screening of Burned

Biofuelwatch and Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon host an online screening of the award-winning documentary “Burned: are trees the new coal?” which reveals the shocking destruction of our forests for fuel and highlights how we can take action to protect forests from tree burning in UK power stations. With special guest speakers. Everyone is welcome! You can sign up for free here:

Thu 21 – Fri 22 January: Importance of Trees for people & planet

Join the Schumacher Institute for their New Year conference on the importance of trees. Open invitation for organisations, individuals and businesses who want to explore and make links between tree planting and the protection of biodiversity and livelihoods, climate justice and carbon debt. For more information and to book a place:—the-importance-of-trees-for-people-and-planet-a-two-session-online-conference

Tues 26 January, 7.00 pm: Farming with trees

This virtual workshop, hosted by CFE (Championing the Farmed Environment) in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Tyne Rivers Trust, will look at how trees can be integrated into agricultural farm systems. The event will focus on the economic, environmental and practical benefits of having more trees. 7.00pm – 8.00pm followed by questions and discussion. For more information and to book a free place:

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‘Welcome the Wildlife’ course for 2021

This online course looks at creating wildlife gardens over a series of 3 sessions, starting Fri 24 Feb 2021, from 2.15 to 4.15 pm, ending 10 Mar 2021. The cost is £19.20.  To register call the WEA on 0300 303 3464 or visit

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‘Create a Permaculture Garden’ course for 2021

This online course starts in January 2021 and will give you a basic understanding of permaculture principles. It will allow you to design your garden, backyard or other area to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers while creating a relaxing and productive space.

There will be 3 sessions starting Wed 27 Jan 2021, 2.15 to 4.15 pm, ending Wed 10 Feb 2021. The cost is £19.20. To register call the WEA on 0300 303 3464 or visit

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Tree Workshop 3 Jan 2021

A one-hour workshop to learn more about native British trees and how to look after them, and take home a sapling of your choice to plant. 

Sunday 3rd January 2021 – choice of six workshops, start times from 10am to 3pm at ‘The Plot’, Edgecumbe Street Allotments, HU5 2HW £5 per person including a free tree.  Visit for more details & to buy tickets

To be Covid 19 safe the workshop is groups of five with a facilitator repeated hourly over the day. If the event is oversubscribed the workshop can be repeated on Tuesday and Thursday of the following week.

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Hull Food Partnership wins award

Hull Food Partnership was recognised nationally when it was nominated for the first Veg City Prize and, facing stiff competition, it was named runner up for 2020. The prize was awarded by Peas Please as part of the week-long VEG FEST celebrations in October and recognises impactful and integrated place-based approaches to increasing veg uptake at a local level for cities participating in the Veg Cities campaign.   Read more here

Hull Food Partnership’s latest newsletter

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Mushroom Growing & Garden Birds Workshops, 17 Oct 2020

The following workshops are being offered by Down to Earth in Hull.   For full details and tickets visit

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