We also love… Food

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Organisations, businesses, projects and groups that we think are doing great work and deserve some attention.

Abundant Earth

Abundant Earth is a local workers coop running courses in permaculture and craft skills and thus contributing to reskilling locals to develop their resilience and sustainability skills. They also manage a 15 acre smallholding near Durham, run an organic veg box scheme, sell craft products from raw materials on their site and contribute a chunk of time towards Transition Durham development. Continue reading →

Brandon Community Garden

We were impressed by this community garden when we last visited, especially the solar powered rainwater harvesting system. You can visit their website here.

brandon community garden

Brandon Community Garden in the height of summer

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Claypath Delicatessen

Claypath Delicatessen are a small independent cafe and deli with a large garden and polytunnel. They grow as much of their own fruit, vegetables and edible flowers as possible and are passionate about quality local produce. Continue reading →

Durham Organic Gardeners Association

The local organic gardeners club that have a regular programme of talks and also organise an annual potato day where you can buy a wide range of seed potatoes for your allotment, garden or patio tub.  Find them here.

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Durham Vegan Community Cafe

A small team of volunteers run a vegan ‘pop up’ community cafe once a month. We offer a choice of 3 hot dishes and vegan cakes/desserts, with the menu changing each month. We are not for profit, and run as an informal self-organising community group. We aim to give positive support for those currently following a vegan diet, give non-vegans the opportunity to try and talk about vegan food and diets, and provide a low cost City Centre dining option. Continue reading →

Food Durham

Food Durham is the name for the County Durham Food Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of individuals from different sectors who have an interest in any and all matters relating to food – its provenance, environmental, social and economic impact, animal welfare, and food justice – i.e. the whole food system.  Continue reading →


A local branch of a national organisation, they serve up food that would otherwise go to waste to those on low incomes or homeless. A fantastic project and they would love it if you could volunteer, find them here.

The Foodcycle team promoting their work

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Friends of Bearpark Woods

Bearpark Colliery Woods were created in 1995 on the site of the former Bearpark Colliery, about a mile to the west of Durham City. The Friends of Bearpark Woods were formed in 2014 and work to enhance the woods for wildlife and for the local community, working closely with the owners of the site, Durham County Council. Continue reading →

Fruitful Durham

Fruitful Durham are a coop and social enterprise that grew out of our previous working group – the Durham Fruit Group.

The Durham Fruit Group established a vision to have a fruit tree for every person who lives in Durham … that’s 40,000 trees! That way Durham residents would be able to access fresh, free fruit from their local patch. Continue reading →

Harehope Quarry

Harehope Quarry is a redundant limestone quarry and adjoining land in Weardale, Co. Durham.  The quarry is now run and managed by the Harehope Quarry Project, a workers’ co-operative.  Much of the work carried out by the Project is done voluntarily.  The Project aims to demonstrate a more sustainable way of living through its education and training programme and the management and development of the site.  The site comprises the quarry, the Tip End and Cave’s Batts field. Continue reading →