New herb garden for the community

Transition Town Honiton transform a wall into an edible treat.

Green-fingered volunteers in Honiton have been giving a wall in the town a makeover with a difference.

Members of Transition Town Honiton (TTH) have been transforming the wall, opposite the library in New Street, into an edible herb garden for the community.

The group, which has been running for more than a year, sought permission from East Devon District Council, which owns the wall, to carry out the work.

Work has been done to weed and clear the area and herbs and strawberry plants have been planted.

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A spokesman for TTH said: “Many of the businesses in New Street have expressed their thanks as have many passers-by when we were working on the wall.

“The idea is that once the plants have had some time to settle in, local residents can help themselves to a few herb leaves or strawberries, leaving some for the next passer-by.

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“Transition groups are running community projects like this all over the country, helping people learn about gardening and growing their own food.

“We all want our town to look good too so tidying up neglected areas like this is extremely rewarding.”

TTH is looking for more donations of herb plants, which can be taken to Honiton Hearing Centre. It is also appealing for more volunteers to get involved in the project or have ideas for new initiatives. For more information, or to get involved, call Christine on 07813113427 or visit

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