Category Archives: Local food

Congleton Food4Free’s town centre garden

The garden between Capitol Walk, the bus station and the library is looking beautiful at the moment.  Bees are busy buzzing around all the flowers, and the edibles around the edges are flourishing.   It shows Congleton that it is possible to have sustainable permanent plantings that are colourful and useful for people and wildlife.The swathe of blue is forget-me-nots, the tall ferny plants with white Read more [...]

Admire the bus station edibles/bee plants plot

After much hard work clearing this plot of dull shrubs and old litter, on Saturday 20th April, Congleton Food4Free organised 13 volunteers who got down to planting around 200 plants that are either edible, attractive to bees, or both. Take a look at the pics on Facebook. Now this plot has winter and early spring flowering plants for earlybees (Viburnum tinus, Berberis darwinii, Jasminum nudiflorum Read more [...]

Volunteers needed by Congleton Food4Free Sat. 16th March

Come along between 10 and 12 on Saturday 16th March to help Congleton Food4Free complete the clearing of remaining shrub roots and landscaping membrane, ready to plant next month. Tools will be provided, but you can bring your own, of course, and if you can't/don't want to dig, then come along anyway for a chat. The plot will be replanted with edibles and bee plants that will provide an attractive Read more [...]

Tues 26th Feb – one date; two events

Tues 26th Feb is important for Congleton. Why? 1. It's the deadline for comments on the local plan - read Protect Congleton's instructions on how to comment. It is vital that as many people as possible comment - you may think you alone cannot make a difference, but Cheshire East is obliged to take our views into account. You can email them or use their online portal, or presumably hand in Read more [...]

What food are you actually buying?

Whether from a restaurant, pub or shop, can anyone be sure that the food they are buying is as described?  How many businesses are buying in meat, processed food and ready meals in good faith, thinking they are supplying a particular meat from a particular country, but in fact unwittingly feeding us fiction?  How rigorous are government labelling schemes and how easy is it to mislead?  For example, Read more [...]

Buy from local producers to know what meat you are getting

Avoid mistakingly eating horsemeat by using Congleton farmers, butchers, processors and retailers - they know what they're selling. The danger to quality of a long and unaccountable chain of meat suppliers, from the farm to the slaughterhouse, processor, packager and retailer, have become very apparent this week with horsemeat and pork being found in processed 'beef' products. Fortunately in Read more [...]