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UK: Beaumaris Allotments celebrated their centenary in 2017


Black & white aerial photo showing the allotments at their largest – probably after WWII. The allotments are unique in their location in spectacular park land with views over the Menai Strait to the Snowdonia mountains.

Beaumaris Allotments & Leisure Gardens are located on the Isle of Anglesey in the picturesque sea-side resort of Beaumaris, home to Beaumaris Castle, a World Heritage Site

Excerpt from Beaumaris Allotments History

In 1914 there were somewhere between 450,000 and 600,000 allotments in the UK and although the 1907 Smallholdings and Allotments Act had forced local authorities into providing allotments, there was still some resistance. That resistance soon faded as the severity of the impact that Germany’s blockades had on food supplies came into realisation. There was then a serious move to increase the number of allotments, and local authorities were given powers to turn any derelict land into allotments.

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May 4, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Beaumaris Allotments celebrated their centenary in 2017

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams, Gwynne Basen & Jane Churchill, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

A Crack in the Pavement is a two-part video set that shows children, teachers and parents how they can work together to ‘green’ their school grounds and make positive changes in their communities.

Gwynne Basen & Jane Churchill
2000 | 19 min

This short documentary shows initiatives kids take to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards. Some grow trees for shade, and vegetables for a food bank. Others build a greenhouse or a rooftop garden, while others yet construct a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.

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May 4, 2018   Comments Off on A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams