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Next stop, the Olympics: Urban farmers are digging for eco-victory


Bee hives are run by schools and groups across London, such as Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. Photo by Micha Theiner.

Already, eco-designers have been invited to look round the Olympic site in east London to see if there is potential for a farm after the Games.

The Independent
Jan 8, 2012

Excerpt:

Think of farming, and the rolling fields of the countryside spring to mind. But across Britain’s towns and cities, veggie growers, cheese-makers and honey producers are becoming established. Not since the Second World War, when people were urged to Dig for Victory, has urban farming been so popular.

Across the country, more than 2,000 new spaces for growing food have been created over the past three years. And this is just the start of the upsurge of inner-city farming. Already, eco-designers have been invited to look round the Olympic site in east London to see if there is potential for a farm after the Games.

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1 comment

1 David F { 01.08.12 at 7:24 pm }

Readers might also be interested to know that there was once a thriving community garden with a long history on the Olympic site which was demolished without any care for the people involved or the environmental damage caused. This story reads like PR Spin.

Check out the lifeislands website to see what happened! So now the ‘Echo Designers’ have been commissioned to come in and superimpose their design ideas over what was an organic and naturally forming community.

http://www.lifeisland.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manor_Garden_Allotments