The production of food and quality of that food is essential in the sustainability of any community. At present the Corsham area is very dependent on foods being produced from outside the area, which as well as leaving us vulnerable to the vagaries of market forces and climate issues, means excessive use of fossil fuels in both production and delivery.
- Promoting awareness of the importance of a sustainable food industry and responsible retailing
- Working on practical schemes to encourage local food production with less dependence on fossil fuels
- Liaising with local councils, schools and community groups to provide allotments and community orchards
The Transcoco Food Group is a group of local people who are passionate about local food production and who encourage and promote the production and marketing of locally grown produce.
We have planted community orchards at the two Corsham Primary school sites. Recently, Corsham Community Orchard have placed their new interpretation board in the Pound Pill orchard. Members of the Brunel Shed worked with the orchard group and Corsham Primary School to design and make the timber board. Transcoco members will be working with the school children to place information inside the board about the orchard together with art work and writing composed in the orchard. Corsham Area Board gave a grant for the interpretation boards, the second one is under construction by the Brunel Shed and will be placed at the Rudloe Community Orchard.
On 10 November we planted trees at the Beechfield nature reserve to commemorate the end of WW1. We planted 30 trees: 10 silver birch, 10 Rowan and 10 wild cherry. When the trees mature they will make a fantastic contribution to the existing woodland and copse areas. In the winter sunshine the trees looked very beautiful.