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Create a world class urban agriculture hub on Bristol’s Blue Finger – Britain

Petition to Mayor of Bristol to Protect Bristol’s highly fertile food growing land from road building and other damaging development.

Petition by
The Blue Finger Alliance
August 2014

Excerpt:

Any city that wishes to thrive in an unpredictable future must act now to upscale sustainable food production in ways that directly benefit the health and wellbeing, and the local economy of that city. We should not be endorsing a public transport system that undermines our ability to do this.

The area under threat is part of an area known as the Blue Finger (Grade 1 is coded blue on agricultural classification maps). Soil of this quality covers less than 3% of the UK and this is set to diminish as sea levels rise and extremes of climate increase.

Therefore it must be a national priority to protect our highest grade soils in order to establish a benchmark for the regeneration of all soils. Locally, it is Stapleton Allotments and Smallholdings that will be affected by road building. This includes Avon Wildlife Trusts award winning community food growing project Feed Bristol, Sims Hill Shared Harvest organic Community Supported Agriculture market garden and the long standing Stapleton Allotments.

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