Update from the Planting Group

It may seem like things are quiet at TTH at the moment but there’s actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes. Here’s an update from the Planting Group for you….

Library Bird Garden
Russ has done a bit of work on the Bird Garden at the back of the library and has reported it is looking good.

Outside the Library: Marjorie (the lady who lives in the cottage opposite) arranged for her son to make wooden planters on top of the concrete structures. Topsoil was then put in and various herbs have been planted by Marjorie. She has almost finished the planting and intends to put in descriptive signs to match in with those on the Herb Wall. (Jess has been contacted about this as it was her friend who did the original TTH herb wall signs.)

On Sunday last Lynda and Russ painted the wall behind the planters so it’s now looking clean and tidy. One suggestion is to have a mural on the wall. Maybe ask the Community College for their students’ ideas? All this has been funded by Friends of the Library.

Herb Wall on New Street
Sharon and others keep a regular eye on it and it is looking bloomin’ marvellous right now as is the beautiful blue borage. We’ve let the chives go to seed as the flowers are glorious. The herbs are all there for anyone to pick and the strawberries will be ready soon.

Community Church
Nothing has been done here for some time but the Foxgloves that were planted have grown and look healthy. Geoff is meeting someone from the church to chat more.

Beehive Garden
Alan is leading this project. After spotting an article in the Midweek Herald, Alan has been liaising with James Maben (Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Manager) with a view to practical/monetary help to take the Beehive project further. Vernon Whitlock has kindly donated a picnic bench which they are hoping to put in place soon.

The truth behind the dash for gas

You now have the opportunity to see new film by Frack Free Somerset examining the potential impacts of fracking and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset and beyond. It includes the social, health and environmental consequences associated with unconventional gas drilling. A screening is being organised by the Community Cafe group at Boston Tea Party in Honiton on Thursday 27th February 2014 – 7.30pm.


The majority of Somerset is licensed for oil and gas extraction and this film sets the scene for community awareness so we can defend our landscape from becoming Gasfields.

Admission £5/£3 concessions. The film will be followed by discussion. Refreshments available. All welcome.

More info can be found on http://communitycafehoniton.blogspot.co.uk and www.frackfreesomerset.org