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100,000 green-fingered Londoners deliver Mayor’s 2012 food growing target


London Mayor Boris Johnson is joined by Barbara Windsor MBE to help volunteers at a Tower Hamlets community project in London’s East End. The Rocky Park Urban Growers is a local project to plant vegetables and transform a neglected space in the community. Photo by The Big Lunch.

The estimated equivalent of 69 Wembley football pitches or 124 acres of disused land in London now brimming with fruit and veg

By Paola Guzman
Capital Growth
Press Release
Dec 14, 2012

The Mayor of London today announced that the ambitious target to deliver 2012 Capital Growth spaces has been reached, following a four-year scheme to turn disused plots of land into community spaces abundant with fruit and veg. Nearly 100,000 green fingered Londoners have rolled up their sleeves to deliver this leafy Olympic legacy.

The Capital Growth scheme, run by London Food Link, was launched by the Mayor and Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, in November 2008. It aimed to create 2,012 growing spaces in London by the end of 2012 with funding from the Mayor and the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme. The idea is to bring local neighbourhoods and communities together while giving Londoners a chance to grow their own food and green their local area.

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December 15, 2012   1 Comment

Ypsilanti, Michigan delays decision on allowing hoop houses, gardening on vacant lots


Council Member Brian Robb and City Attorney John Barr.

Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson expressed concern over whether the increase in produce would bring an increase in unwanted animals, such as raccoons.

By Katrease Stafford
Ypsilanti Reporter
Dec 10, 2012

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Council Member Brian Robb was concerned that implementing the revision could make the city’s grass ordinance obsolete. That ordinance allows the city to enforce restrictions on tall or unsightly grass.

Robb questioned whether some Ypsilanti residents might use the amendment language to say that their tall grass qualifies as a garden.

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December 15, 2012   Comments Off