WEST Somerset residents are being asked to have their say on plans for a new community vegetable garden.

The hope is to provide a vegetable garden to grow local, seasonal, ecologically-grown vegetables and fruit in weekly boxes to the community, following a model called 'Community Supported Agriculture' (CSA).

The idea is to start the project somewhere in the Porlock, Wootton Courtenay and Minehead area in the next year or so.

On the Wootton Courtenay village website one of the organisers, Adam Reed, explains: "CSA is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the risks and rewards of farming/growing are shared.

"It usually works by customers buying an annual membership for their share of the harvest, essentially paying the farmer to grow their food rather than buying his/her produce.

"They can have a direct involvement in the growing of their food, through helping out in the garden to voting on key decisions for the running of the scheme.

"It aims to reconnect people with where their food comes from, with a strong emphasis on community.

"It also allows the farmer/grower greater security, knowing in advance that they have a market for their produce for the coming year."

"If successful we would hope the garden would be a real community hub, with visits from schools and groups, events, courses, and work experience."

To see if there is an appetite for such a project in the local area, a survey has been produced which can be filled in on surveymonkey.com/r/3HW86H6.