Category — England
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, left) and her younger sister Princess Margaret Rose (1930 – 2002) working on their allotment in the grounds of Windsor Castle, 11th August 1943. They are taking part in the government’s ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
March 7, 2014 No Comments
Traditional Country-House Techniques for The Modern Gardener or Smallholder
By Helene Gammack
Peek behind the garden door at some of Britain’s grandest estates to discover the traditional crafts of growing, cooking, and self-sufficiency from past masters.
From “growing your own” and cooking with herbs to harvesting honey and keeping chickens, Britain’s great estates and country house gardens offer a wealth of inspiration to the modern gardener.
March 4, 2014 No Comments
Study suggests a honeybee disease might be spilling over into wild bee populations in the U.K.
By Kerry Grens
February 19, 2014
Deformed wing virus (DMV), a disease that affects commercial honeybees, can also infect wild bumblebees and shorten their life span, researchers report today (February 19) in Nature. Given the overlapping geographical distribution of the disease among honeybees and bumblebees in the U.K., the authors conclude that the virus is likely spilling over from commercial hives into wild populations.
March 1, 2014 No Comments
Getting her hands dirty: Amy joins Cultivate London general manager Adrienne Attorp and head grower Ben Simpkins at an urban farm in Hounslow, West London, a formerly derelict area turned over to food. Photo by Victor Frankowski.
‘You are never going to have the space you need to grow or to meet all of London’s food needs but it’s a good supplement,’ she says.
Feb 19, 2014
‘Unlike many rural farmers who have been facing serious flooding and wind damage as a result of the storms, we have actually been relatively lucky,’ says Attorp. ‘The high winds damaged one of our polytunnels slightly, but it was nothing serious. However, there are more storms on the way, so we will just have to react as needed. It’s really hard in the summer when it gets hot, too – you really don’t want to be sweating inside one of those tunnels. But we have a ball digging outside in the sunshine.’
February 28, 2014 No Comments
Susanne showed me the 75 plots
By Aunt Emily
Common Good Edinburgh
Feb 13, 2014
In the middle of Edinburgh, hidden behind a construction site is a secret garden, well I admit there’s a big sign outside. But it’s still pretty magical. Behind a blue gate in Fountainbridge, is this beautiful place. It’s The Grove Community Garden. I was expecting a few pots of soil and some dead plants but instead, it was bursting with life.
February 24, 2014 No Comments
Gardening at Ruhleben in Berlin, a First World War prison camp
By Ed Cumming
Feb 1, 2014
The 5,000 or so British men who found themselves in Germany when war broke out did not count themselves lucky at first. As potential enemy soldiers, they could not be allowed to go home. “What were four thousand Britishers doing in Germany when their country declared war? The answer – that none of them had the faintest idea of what was coming – is almost incomprehensible today,” wrote J Davidson Ketchum, a Canadian psychologist who was interned and wrote about the experience afterwards.
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“Little and often,” is Peter’s advice on getting the plot to work for you, with an emphasis on “often.”
By Kendra Wilson
January 17, 2014
Vegetable growers in the UK love their allotments: ornamental kitchen gardens are for other people. With every plot a hymn to recycled chicken wire and corrugated iron, the wartime Dig for Victory spirit is alive and well. Peter Montague, who tends a double plot in Northamptonshire, shows us around.
This is how British allotments work: “When you go down there at the weekend, the chances of seeing everyone at work are practically nil,” says Mary, Peter’s wife. “They’re too busy standing around chatting to each other.”
February 5, 2014 Comments Off
A slideshow presentation about an urban vegetable growing project in Southend on Sea given to South East Essex Organic Gardeners
By Graham Burnett.
City Allotment Project summary
In partnership with The Railway Hotel, we have created a raised bed garden using recycled wooden pallets.
The idea came from discussions at the beginning of 2013 with the pub manager Dave Dulake, who was keen to see the previously derelict pub garden used by the local community.
February 4, 2014 Comments Off
A second world war bomb shelter has been converted to grow eco-friendly salad approved by celebrity chef Michel Roux Jnr
By Tim Smedley
30 January 2014
A few hundred metres from Clapham North tube station stands a padlocked gate. Behind the gate is a dark, damp entrance to a spiral staircase leading 33 metres underground. A series of tunnels built as a second world war bomb shelter large enough to fit 8,000 people have remained virtually unused. Until now. At the end of one tunnel comes a pinkish-purple glow from behind white plastic sheeting. The Breaking Bad comparison is obvious. But the produce being grown using hydroponics and LED lights isn’t illegal. It’s salad. Salad, the taste of which is liked by no less than chef Michel Roux Jnr.
January 31, 2014 Comments Off
Rosie Boycott is the Chair of the London Food Board, working for the Mayor, Boris Johnson.
By Rob Hopkins
Jan 27, 2014
What would you see now as being the next step up in terms of urban agriculture in London? Does in require land reform?
One is what I alluded to – we will have lots of small businesses that are already happening. That’s great and we’ve got lots of projects afoot to encourage that and to increase the take-up of stuff.
The other big side of that is we’re now going to look at the outer boroughs where you’ve got much more land, and really start to see what we can do with more land in the sense of can we really start really serious urban peri-farming, which I absolutely think we can do – to get people on to 20 acres, 30 acres, that sort of size or more.
January 29, 2014 Comments Off
Dartmoor Prison, UK: its gardens are the exemplar of a successful horticultural rehabilitation project
“We sell the eggs in the prison shop,” says Northam. “The money goes toward their upkeep. Whatever is left goes back into the gardens.”
By Emma Inglis
18 Jan 2014
The gardens at Dartmoor prison are the exemplar of a successful horticultural rehabilitation project. In 2006, prison officer Ivan Judd had an idea to transform the disused exercise yards of the old punishment unit into vegetable gardens to be tended by inmates in the resettlement wing. Judd approached Business in the Community, who put in him in touch with the Eden Project. Jane Knight, landscape architect at Eden, was one of the first on board.
January 28, 2014 Comments Off
Facing a lack of cash, Stepney City Farm has launched a crowd-funding campaign to try to stay open to the public.
Now Here This – London
January 14, 2014
Gargle the goat: ‘Gargle’s such a poser. He’s always hopping on to a log and posturing for visitors’ cameras. Makes him really, really popular. He’s stinky, though. He smells of goat’s cheese, but that’s just his lovely goaty hormones: they help him attract the ladies. During breeding season, you can smell it a couple of streets away. He looks like Rhys Ifans, you say? Yeah, he does a bit.’
January 22, 2014 Comments Off
There are 16 city farms in London and hundreds of community gardens
Produced by Nemone Mercer, Catherine Miller, Zan Barberton
London City Farms and Community Gardens Assoc. 2013
(Must See! Mike)
If the parks of London are the lungs of the city, the farms and gardens are it’s heart.
Hidden in the back-streets and back-alleys of neglected estates, on railway sidings and in disused corners of the city, seemingly unnoticed by the hustle and bustle of the rat race, is a network of precious green space.
January 9, 2014 Comments Off
Community Foodie Documentary
Dec 28, 2013
(Must see. Mike)
The Community Foodie documentary has been put together to share all the amazing work that has been done across the rural areas of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen (South Wales) to bring food growing back to the heart of the communities.
With the support of the Community Foodie Project local communities have turned their food growing visions into reality.
December 31, 2013 Comments Off
Goats, specially brought in by Vauxhall City Farm for the day!
By Cadence Woodland
The Thrifty Homesteader
Dec 11, 2013
London’s Southbank Centre is a cluster of buildings devoted to the arts, famous particularly for the music festivals and performances that go on in most of its five main buildings. Additionally there are shops, restaurants, cafes and open areas … including (I discovered!) a rooftop wildflower “meadow” atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The meadow is utterly open to the public. Just climb some stairs from the riverside walk and suddenly you’re in a secret garden in the very heart of Britain.
December 29, 2013 Comments Off