Taste of the good life in Tideswell

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Villagers in Tideswell got a real taste of the good-life over the weekend with the launch of a community kitchen garden.

The Taste Tideswell Community Kitchen Garden officially opened on Sunday, June 23.

Despite the wind and rain, people from the village gathered in the garden for an afternoon of delicious food, drink and celebrations.

The community kitchen garden has been a work in progress since the Taste Tideswell project began in December 2010. But with fantastic support from a group of dedicated volunteers, the garden is finally finished.

The garden provides a unique space for the community to come together and get involved in the growing and harvesting of a wide range of fruit, vegetables and herbs.

The produce is shared out amongst those who help out and the Tideswell School of Food – with some of the vegetables been specially grown to use on the cookery courses.

The official garden opening tied in nicely with the beginning of Tideswell Wakes Week, a week-long celebration of the wells dressings and other community activities that take place throughout the village.

Wakes Royalty from past and present opened the garden by cutting a string of vegetables instead of the usual ribbon. The current Wakes Queen, Sophie and her Princess Imogen were joined by past Wakes Queen, Zena, who was crowned in 1949!

The afternoon’s food was prepared by Tideswell School of Food’s head chef, Joe Hunt who provided a tasty BBQ, salads and homemade fruit cordials using produce from the garden. Villagers also enjoyed locally produced wine that was kindly donated by The Derbyshire Winery.

Taste Tideswell Chairman, Pete Hawkins, said: “The community garden has become a key part of the Taste Tideswell project, it’s a great way for people from the village to get involved and help to support the community.

“Our volunteers have done a superb job of turning what was a piece of wasteland into a fully functional kitchen garden.”

“A special thank you should be given to the Stone Warehouse who donated the stone for the garden and Markovitz who helped to transport it,” he added.