Food Plymouth’s Dig for Devonport Community Explorers initiative is one of nine community projects to win funding from the Great Western Railway (GWR) community improvement fund. This project is part of Food Plymouth’s work with our partners to improve food links between the city and the Tamar Valley. Community explorers will include seasonal events to explore the valley and its culinary treasures by train. Another aim is to highlight the distinctive and delicious Tamar Valley cherry varieties and to find places to plant such trees in Plymouth, especially near the city’s railway stations. The first event will be a blossom walk in May, followed by a visit to a cherry orchard, foraging walks, harvesting events and a wassail.
Community Explorers co-ordinator Tess Wlmot commented: “I am really excited at the potential of this project. It will help Plymouth residents to discover how accessible the Tamar Valley is by train and connect them with the seasonal produce there. We can bring some of this abundance back to Plymouth through purchasing food at local markets, foraging, skill sharing and planting some of the wonderful local Tamar Valley cherry varieties in the city.”
Pictured right are cherries from ‘Burcombe’, a Tamar Valley variety. This is one of two cherry trees planted by Tess and colleagues in Honicknowle, Plymouth in 2014 near the avenue of four rows of cherry trees leading toward Whitleigh. Tess adds: “We have cared for the two trees and have been rewarded by tasting the first cherries from them.
This was one of the seeds of the idea of the Community Explorers project as many of the cherry trees in Plymouth are getting old and dying off and will leave a gap in many places across the city if they are not replaced.” For more information please contact Tess Wilmot firstname.lastname@example.org
Dig for Devonport is Food Plymouth direct delivery project.