Category — England
The Benefits of having an allotment.
Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation
BHAF Press Release
Nov 28, 2013
A major survey of plot holders in Brighton and Hove, just completed in October 2013 shows that 92% of plot holders either agreed or strongly agreed that allotments improved their mental health or provided stress relief. 53% strongly agreed and 39% agreed. According to the survey 4500-5000 people regularly use the allotments in Brighton and Hove
December 4, 2013 No Comments
‘It’s a big hope for everybody in the industry that this is going to make a garden boom time again.’
By Lucy Crossley
17 November 2013
The Great British Bake Off inspired thousands of viewers to dust off their oven mitts.
And now the BBC is hoping a new gardening show – called Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge – will do for cabbages and cucumbers what Bake Off did for pies and pastries.
Presented by Fern Britton, the six-part series is expected to air on BBC Two in early 2014.
November 22, 2013 No Comments
‘Consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill’
The Scottish Government
Riaghaltas na h-Alba
November 06, 2013
This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals intended to give people in communities, and those supporting them in the public sector, a range of new ways to help deliver a better Scotland.
Chapter 4 – Excerpt from Allotments section:
Local Authority Duty to Provide Allotments
173. Under existing legislation, where the local authority considers there to be a demand for allotments in their area, it is under a duty to acquire any suitable land for the purpose of letting as allotments. We intend to retain a similar duty which is set out in this section. Respondents to the Allotments consultation indicated that provision of allotments by the local authority should be linked to and triggered by demand.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
Beautiful 26 minute film
Film and music by Bill Newsinger
In association with The Friends of the Queens Road Allotment Society
(Must see. Mike)
This is a film I have produced for the Friends of The Queens Road Allotment Society as part of their “Not Lost The Plot” heritage lottery funded project. The project has involved the production of a booklet and website as well as this film. The aim of the project has been to research and explore the history of the site as well as discovering and documenting the stories of allotment users over the years. The site is particularly unusual as the allotments are all privately owned. Allotment owners and users are not confined by regulations present on many council run sites. This film is the final edit of 4 seasonal episodes starting last winter in the thick snow. I am currently still filming an Autumn episode. The film will be screened in Leicester at the end of October 2013 at an event to celebrate the end of the project.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens have said.
Oct 20, 2013
There were 2,773 people in Edinburgh on the local authority allotment waiting list.
In Aberdeen the figure was 279, while in Dundee it was 340 people.
Glasgow City Council said it did not have its own waiting lists and Highland Council did not respond to the request, the Greens said.
November 5, 2013 Comments Off
Slideshow production by Mark Kinver and Steven Connor. See it here.
Vincent Walsh, founder and director of the Biospheric Foundation, explains the project
8 October 2013
An innovative “living lab” has been set up in a former warehouse in the heart of Greater Manchester to research the best ways for people in urban areas to feed themselves in the future.
The Biospheric Project in Salford asks: “With rising food prices, climate change and growing urban populations, how do we make sure we can continue to put food on our tables?”
October 27, 2013 Comments Off
Should The Guinness Book Of Records World Record Be Broken, An Extra £1000 Will Be Added To The First Prize. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be shared.
Our famous giant vegetable competition is set to get even bigger this autumn with five new classes weighing in for the battle with a bulge.
Tipping the scales in this year’s contest of the colossi will be the heaviest marrows, cabbages, carrots, leeks, beetroots, pumpkins, potatos, tomatoes and parsnips.
October 22, 2013 Comments Off
Chicken owners are dressing their animals in hi visibility jackets to help them cross the road safely
Best dressed chicken in town: hens go hi-vis
By Jasper Copping
19 Oct 2013
It will not solve the riddle as to why the chicken crossed the road, but it might mean that the bird is more easily spotted when it does so.
After public officials, cyclists and schoolchildren, the nation’s pet chickens have become the latest group to succumb to Britain’s “high visibility” culture.
Owners are dressing their domestic flocks in new fluorescent bibs, which have been specially designed to keep the creatures seen in the autumn evenings.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
To ensure that sufficient funding is available to run this National treasure.
To: Camden Council, Boris Johnson.
Why is this important?
Over the past 40 years Kentish Town City Farm has been a focal point for the whole local community. In 1972 a team of volunteers, farm workers and architects worked together to develop the site. Throughout its history, The Farm has been a vital resource for the physical and mental health of the residents of Camden and indeed London. It has hosted a range of different community events, from pop up art stalls to pony riding and free gardening lessons.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
Inner city farms are becoming an important area for delivering produce
By Jamie Carter
Many Brits are doing their bit already, with the roughly 300,000 council-run allotments in more demand than ever. “A lot of urban farming is on a personal level,” says Dominic Medway, professor of marketing at Manchester Business School, himself a farmer, who thinks that the renaissance of urban farming in Britain – at least among the middle classes – is being spearheaded by cookery writers like Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver. “The idea that you can use your garden to grow vegetables, or your balcony to keep chickens, it’s like people trying to get back to The Good Life,” says Medway.
October 20, 2013 Comments Off
By Hugh Lanham
The Crowood Press
2010 – 160 Pages
The joy of really fresh, home-grown food seduces many of us. Hugh and Claire Lanham have run various miniature smallholdings for over thirty years, some in gardens and others on allotments. They are not self-sufficient or truly organic but they do produce a great deal of very good meat and vegetable that often taste much better than the produce sold in supermarkets. Moreover, their ethos is that food production must not take over your life, or be so demanding as to spoil the fun. This practical guide explains how they do it, and how you can do it as well. Garden Farming is essential reading for all those who want to engage in substantial domestic food production but who stop short of embracing the very demanding lifestyle choice of self-sufficiency.
October 19, 2013 Comments Off
This is a time of year – harvest festival, chillier weather that demands soup – when the produce of the English garden comes into own.
The Shields Gazette
Oct 8, 2013
By the end of the First World War, the number had swelled to more than 1,500,000 allotments across the UK. Allotment gardens occupied what is now the seaward end of Mowbray Road in Shields at this time, and the eventual expansion of Westoe Colliery would consume others that once lay between the pit and the Dragon/Bents Park. It’s to that era that I suspect this picture belongs.
It’s another from reader Margaret Garvock, who loaned those of what we now know was the Earl Grey pub in Commercial Road in the town, seen just before the Great War.
October 18, 2013 Comments Off
Meantime Brewing planted hundreds of plants, which will be used to engage the urban population in the making process.
By Emma Hutchings
October 2, 2013
London craft brewer Meantime Brewing planted hundreds of hop plants around the city, in sites ranging from royal parks to the rooftops of local pubs. The hops are now being harvested to make the city’s first “crowdsourced beer” that will represent the true flavor of London and hopefully engage people with the art of British brewing.
October 11, 2013 Comments Off
Visiting A City Farm For Urban Food Fortnight
By Food Urchin
Great British Chefs
17 September 2013
Situated on a former bomb site, Stepney City Farm has been operating as a community farm in London’s East End since 1979, albeit with limited success and in 2009 it faced closure. Luckily, some local residents stepped in with a renewed focus and set up the farm with charity status. With no amount of hard work and an injection of cash from the National Lottery, the farm is now fully functional with lofty plans for the future.
Grazing on its four acres there are chickens, donkeys, ducks, ferrets, geese, Guinea pigs, sheep, pigs, quails, rabbits, cows and goats.
October 2, 2013 Comments Off
The TomTato produces more than 500 cherry tomatoes and a generous crop of potatoes.
A bizarre plant which produces both tomatoes and potatoes, providing a ‘veg plot in a pot’, has been launched in the UK.
By Leah Hyslop
25 Sep 2013
It sounds like something from a science fiction film, but a plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes has been launched in the UK.
The ‘TomTato’ can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes above ground, while beneath the soil it produces white potatoes that are suitable for boiling, roasting or turning into chips.
September 26, 2013 Comments Off