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Adrian's granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Northampton Farm Opens its Field fo...

A Northampton farm is opening up its field so visitors can pick their own pumpkins ahead of Halloween. The Brampton Halt branch of Smiths Farm Shop...

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Adrian's granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

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Local Groups Campaign to Tackle Food Poverty

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Northampton Farm Opens its Field for Spooky Pumpkin Pick Your own Fun

A Northampton farm is opening up its field so visitors can pick their own pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

The Brampton Halt branch of Smiths Farm Shop has decided to go all out for the spooky season and invite families to come along and hand select which orange root vegetable they would like to take home.

Adrian's granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Adrian’s granddaughter Bunny has been helping out on the pumpkin patch

Smiths Farm shop staff will also be on hand to help each child pick their chosen pumpkin, while also telling them some facts about how they grow and harvest them each year.

Proprietor of the farm shop, Adrian Smith said: “Being a family-run business we wanted to hold an activity which gets children more involved. Every year we grow our own pumpkins

from seed in the greenhouse, and then plant them in the field, it’s such a magnificent plant that can produce such a large pumpkin from such a tiny seed.

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

Adrian Smith has been hard at work gearing up for Halloween

“As well as helping visitors to pick their own pumpkin, we’ll also be on hand with suggestions on how to cook with the vegetable and its seeds. People are very happy to buy pumpkins, but aside from using them for Halloween, they seem to be stuck with what to do with them. So, we’re saying this year to do less carving and more cooking.”

The field will be open from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, October 27.

The Farm Shop, which also has another branch at Billing, has been growing pumpkins for 30 years. In addition to pumpkins, the farm also grows a large range of squashes, such as butternuts, crown prince and little gems.

Adrian added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the people of Northamptonshire onto our farm and carving out some fun. We’re sure the activity will pumpkin spice up Halloween, after all, if you’ve got it, haunt it.”

In a bid to reduce packaging waste, the Smith family are requesting people bring their own bags to collect their pumpkins in.

The family have been in business since 1958. Proud of their heritage, the company supports like-minded local food producers, providing them with an outlet to sell their homegrown products.

Local Groups Campaign to Tackle Food Poverty

This week members and supporters of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network have been supporting the national End Hunger UK campaign challenging government to set out a plan for ending UK food poverty by 2030. The network is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation as part of its community leadership activity.

According to the Social Metrics Commission around 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pension-age adults are living in poverty in the UK.

Community groups, charities and supporters around the county have already done a photo stunt to highlight World Hunger Day on Wednesday 16 October including local organisations such as Re:store Northampton, Tools for Self Reliance, Service Six, Springs Family Centre, Growing Together Northampton and Baby Basics.  This is part of a day of action taking place across the whole of the UK. Members of End Hunger UK want to get their message across that in 2019 in the fifth richest nation in the world everyone should have access to good food and nobody should have to go to bed hungry.

Cafe Track Window Display

Cafe Track Window Display

Other activities by local groups to raise awareness of food poverty include Café Track, a social enterprise, on Northampton Market Square having a display of woollen-made food by local community group the Woolly Crew with information on food poverty for members of the general public to take away.

Thomas Cliffe from Café Track which supports autistic people into employment said: ‘I think it’s as simple as stopping food poverty. Food is an essential human need. Anything we can do to start a conversation is worthwhile.’

Rachel McGrath of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness amongst the general public about food poverty and to create a talking point. We are asking people to contact their MP or local councillor to ask them how they will help tackle food poverty locally and nationally.’end food hunger

Buddies of Beckets, a community group supporting the maintenance and providing activities across Becket’s Park, have put up message boards across the park highlighting food poverty and yarn-bombing the park with woollen food and messages and facts about the End Hunger UK campaign.

Emma Heath from the Woolly Crew who has been supporting the activities of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network this week said: ‘Access to food should be a basic human right. If you’re hungry and not able to afford access to food, this also means you are at risk of mental health problems as well. We shouldn’t have kids in this day and age going hungry.’end food hunger

Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network will be sending woolly food and a message at the end of the week to MPs across Northamptonshire asking them to pledge to end food poverty by 2030 and to place the memento on their desk to not forget the plight of people living in poverty during their working day.

New Plan Unveiled to Promote the Nene Valley

The Destination Nene Valley project has launched a new Destination Management Plan (DMP) to set out the key objectives for tourism development and marketing across the Nene Valley for the next 6 years until 2025.

 

The plan is the latest phase in the Destination Nene Valley project, which works with different partners across the heritage, tourism and cultural sector to enhance and promote the Nene Valley.

 

Figures from 2016 show that there were 2.4 million visits to the Nene Valley and it is anticipated that the DMP will help to further develop tourism in the Nene Valley, recognising it as a destination of choice for people and wildlife alike. The new plan has been agreed by key stakeholders and members of the Destination Nene Valley project board and will shape the management of the Valley over the next 6 years across several key areas.

 

The key areas the DMP looks at are:

 

  • Creating an enterprising approach to rural economy
  • Improve access to the Nene Valley
  • Attracting visitors and spend from local, national and international markets
  • Encourage local communities to lead healthier outdoor lifestyles and promote green lifestyle

 

Andrew Langley, Chairman of Destination Nene Valley said:

 

“I am a passionate advocate of our great county and, the Nene Valley, one of its most outstanding natural assets. The Valley is full of hidden gems and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to enhance the Nene Valley for future generations to enjoy through this new Destination Management Plan.”

 

Sarah Peacock, East Northamptonshire Council Councillor and board member for the Destination Nene Valley project added:

 

“This new plan will ensure that the Nene Valley becomes a destination of choice for world class wildlife, as well as for visitors from across the county and further afield.

 

“The Destination Nene Valley team have been working hard with partner organisations, including local councils, Nenescape and the Environment Agency and we are so pleased with the final plan and its vision for the future of the Nene Valley.”

 

To find out more about the Destination Nene Valley project and the DMP, please visit nenevalley.net