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Hops Now you may think that this article has been rather horticultural for a CAMRA magazine so far, but I’m pleased to report that there is a connection to our favourite subject Beer!

Committee member Annie Neil describes Incredible Edible’s work as being “for the community, whilst involving the community.” Anybody interested in finding out more or getting involved should checkout:

Harvest Festivals As the summer progresses both the Hope & Anchor and Incredible Edible with have fruit and vegetable produce to harvest, so both are planning Harvest Festivals. Incredible Edible plan to hold theirs at Elms Field on Saturday September 5th.

Whilst Ian and Hattie are to hold a “Family Farewell to Summer” Harvest Festival at the Hope & Anchor on Sunday 6th September with local/home-grown produce, live music and more. There will be a bar-bque (including vegetarian & vegan options), naturally with a selection of homegrown / home-made relishes and accompaniments.

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This is because Hattie, Ian and others have a vision for Wokingham (and who knows, maybe far beyond) – A vision of hops! – Hops growing across the town: in pub beer gardens; in domestic gardens; and on pockets of currently underutilised council land just like the pieces of land Incredible Edible are reinvigorating. And when these hops are established in sufficient number they can be harvested and given to local brewers to create a Wokingham beer. What a fine vision! Lobbying of local councillors to release some land for the hops project has already started, but the more local people that express their support the more likely it is to be able to move forward. So do drop into

the Hope & Anchor for a chat if you would like to contribute time, money, expertise, a section of your beer garden, or anything else to the scheme. I look forward to the day that we can toast the success of the hops project (and Incredible Edible too) with a pint of Wokingham.

Issue 40, Autumn 2015

Mad Cow Issue 40  

Issue 40 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)