Peak community’s growing success

Chef Joe Hunt picks strawberries from the Tideswell community garden
Chef Joe Hunt picks strawberries from the Tideswell community garden
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A piece of wasteland in the Peak village of Tideswell is playing a starring role in this summer’s holiday attractions…

The land has been transformed into a community kitchen garden by volunteers with the Taste Tideswell project, originally set up as part of the BBC’s Village SOS series.

It was officially opened in June and is now bearing fruit – and vegetables – as visitors are discovering.

Joe Hunt, head chef tutor at Tideswell School of Food, regularly uses the fresh produce in his cookery courses and is also keen to show it off in his summer programme of demonstrations.

So Buxton Festival-goers learned how to make summer salad, with ingredients including pak choi, sage and chive flowers; and risotto bianco with sautéed broccoli, spinach, beetroot leaves and fennel shavings – all picked from the garden just two hours earlier.

“You don’t get much fresher than that!” says Joe. “It’s all easily accessible and anybody can grow the herbs and vegetables we have available.”

His next demonstration is at Bakewell Show on August 7 - 8, followed by Chatsworth Country Fair in September.