Rooted In Hull

It all started with me going to collect a parcel at the central sorting office in Hull and seeing the plot next to sorting office being cleared. After the demolition of the Rank Hovis building and the process to flattened that land anything around it just really stood out.

I love our buildings in Hull, It’s quite hard to see the buildings that you saw and walked around as a kid ripped down, chewed up and wiped away from the skyline of Hull. It feels destructive, unimaginative and not forward thinking by developers and the council alike.

I feel Hull is losing perspective on development and that our identity as a city is being stripped from us. Not even slowly we’ve gone from a slow progressive City which struggled with modernism, contemporary style to now transform Hull with no consideration to regenerating with empathy or understanding regarding culture or diversity.

With the mentality of “let’s destroy it”, anything with a historical, factual or anything heritage based is just getting taken down and destroyed. It is like they want to erase the past. When you ask the people of Hull, the local people, we want to keep our buildings, we don’t want to destroy them. This is nothing more than a council drive pocket lining matter, a council that can’t see past decaying old folk who’d rather ignore their people than listen and be honest.

I’ve had a few nights out in the Old Town over Christmas and happened to be going into the Lion and key on Scale Lane and something was emerging, developing and brewing.I couldn’t wait to find out what it was to my delight Riverhouse Coffee popped up. I was looking to rent around the area and found a perfect flat and it was a total heartbreak between the avenues and the Old Town. Eventually, Hu5 prevailed and I stayed where I feel like I belong.

So, of course, I visited Riverhouse coffee once it opened and realized it it was linked to Shoot The Bull, they now have another venue within Trinity Market.

Which lead me to this article as I was scrolling through Instagram only to find Rooted In Hull provide shoot the bull with ingredients and of course with someone like me it was like a red rag to a bull.
I had to know about it and wanted to know what was going on when, where and how I could talk to someone all about it it’s like a burning desire to know exactly what’s going on there when I was talking about it.

About Rooted In Hull

Rooted In Hull has been thought out for 5 years with five members of staff with exemplary and exceptional talents between them all and different age groups. Working with some really extraordinary people at Humber wood who provided the wood which then goes on to Hull College construction students who built the raised beds that you can now see on site. Hobson and Porter finance wood and construction and they are currently developing Woodford on Holderness Road which is a leisure center along with Humber wood. A huge development and anticipated and much loved building.

Rooted is all about educating teaching people about food and diet and giving people a hand up as a non-profit organization.

The gentleman I spoke to is part of a Rank Hovis Foundation based in Hull.  They have a pot of two hundred and fifty million pounds in which they invest in and finances young people with their “Time to Shine Internship” instantly I thought this was interesting. The Hovis foundation intern gets a pot of money and it’s about personal development so the gentleman who works for Rooted doesn’t have to train in anything that’s related to Rooted. This about personal development not work development (although it can be). Which I feel is an endearing, thoughtful and very progressive. It also means that for the interns greater good and future they benefit.

Rooted In Hull is open four days a week, with a has a multitude of people involved including people who are in recovery.
I happened to mention a place I know of in Grimsby which actually was my first article they’re also on a peppercorn rent and they had a kitchen which day cookery, they also have a little shop where you can buy organic produce along with a room where people sit and chat and have cups of tea. As well as the land they do green therapy on.
I like green therapy, instead of going to your doctor and get a medicated you go and you your hands in the land, literally reaping what you sow, seeing it grow and be nurtured it and eventually eating it or it being sold.

Social Prescription

Rooted In Hull is part of a social prescription through the NHS clinical prescription dealing with social isolation and depression as well as a plethora of other conditions. I feel that this kind of therapy and interaction is slow and gentle, beneficial to not just the service user but the people working within the company. It’s like a slow little stream, small, tiny and it grows and it grows into this big ocean and everyone develops, everyone grows and at the same time everyone is better off

Rooted In Hull have innovative ideas with their concept, their ideas, future hopes, and directives. After talking to them I really am looking forward to seeing their site develop and flourish.

The site has three portacabins which have been revamped and manage a multiple of needs. They are going to have an artist in residence which makes perfect sense for the scape and vista.

Plenty more work is going to be done there already is a polytunnel and another on the way, raised beds, the start of the path. They are getting water and electricity put on the plot and will be introducing a cafe as well along with some outside seating so you can enjoy the tranquility (I say tranquility because even though it’s in the mist of the industrial area of Hull and it’s along the bank side of the riverside it is very serene).

The conversation leads to talking about wild plants I wanted to know if they had any plans to introduce any to the plot, the response was exceptionally interesting. I never knew their ware species of plants native to only that area, did you?

At Christmas, I was in Black Boy which is just off Scale Lane, sat upstairs and two gentlemen were talking and I and me and my friend were told that I was out with about people coming into the riverside with the barges exchanging plants for other goods. I never knew that this happened but of course it’s pretty obvious if you really think about it that this would have happened.

I’d like to add Rooted In Hull is still growing and has a way to go but it’s getting there, these are early days but I admire the whole process and really look forward to seeing Ground grow into the ethos it aspires to be.

Article written by Sydell Brigden

You can find out more about Rooted in Hull on their website and Twitter.