Buying locally produced food, drink, arts and crafts

Buying from local growers and makers helps support the local North Somerset economy, and can lead to a resilient and sustainable local economy. There is also a small new local community garden on Link Road, Nailsea.

You may also discover products that you will not find in the average high street.

Also, buying locally can lower your carbon footprint indirectly because of the high carbon footprint generated by transportation, often long-distance, of foodstuffs into Nailsea from outside the local area.

The 'Shop local in North Somerset' link to the right of this page has further information on the impact on the local economy of buying from local businesses. Details of these local businesses can be found by clicking the 'Local Food Directory' link, and the Craft and Design link which will download PDF leaflets.

Growing your own

Why grow your own fruit and vegetables?

  • it's more convenient than a convenience store

  • you're more in control of what goes into the food that you're eating

  • gardening gives you lots of fresh air and exercise

  • if you're concerned with fuel miles or carbon footprints, this is one way of reducing them

So, if you have an ambition ( and the space ) to grow more than that pot of basil on your window sill - well, you can! And you can find information to help you realise that ambition by means of the links on the right of this page.


Foraging

Wild food is free! And so is the fresh air, exercise and company.

Many of us will have 'foraged' for blackberries, sloes or hazelnuts - perhaps in a group - but we may not have thought of it as foraging and probably called it something different.

Foraging for wild food can mean many different things to many different people, but there is definitely more to it than just collecting wild food to take home. It can also be an enjoyable way of getting to know more about the place you live in. There is lots more to Nailsea than houses, roads, schools and shops: Nailsea also has wildlife and history to be discovered, often on foraging walks.

Many other wild plant foods apart than those mentioned above can be foraged for in the countryside. What you will need to know is where to find these wild plants and how to identify them. Fortunately, there are books, courses and websites that can help you. Remember edible flowers as well as fruits and fungi, but be sure of their identity before you eat them!
TTN hopes to lead local foraging walks and possibly preserve making classes in the near future.

While you're here, why not take a look at the Nailsea Fruit Map. This map is the beginning of a database of various kinds of fruit trees and shrubs etc. to be found in Nailsea on private land or public land. Should you have any such plants, you can add them to this database by means of the Nailsea Fruit Map link.