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Brighton & Hove?s allotment community is comprised of 6000 food growers with 3100 plots on 37 sites.
Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & HoveAllotment Federation
The strategy emphasises increasing the number of people growing high quality local food by ensuring the availability of good quality land. It promotes a self- sustaining and efficient service, encourages site participation, while fostering biodiversity, organic practices, good food and healthy living. It encourages a cooperative approach.
February 23, 2017 No Comments
Despite being unable to tell one end of a sheep from another, well-paid City workers continue to buy up chunks of British countryside as an answer to all their problems.
By Fred Redwood
Jan 28, 2017
How easy was it for an advertising executive to turn his hand to farming all of a sudden? “The bureaucracy is straightforward and much of the work is logical and sequential,” says Richard, 56. “You just follow the times of the year and stick to a routine. Yet to be really successful involves a huge learning curve. Things like the breeding lines of sheep are enormously complicated and the simplest things can be surprisingly complex.” Grimsacre Farm, listed with Humberts for £1?million, is under offer.
February 5, 2017 Comments Off on United Kingdom: Meet the hobby farmers, the City types spending their free time working the land
Big Lottery funding provided £9,850 cash for round the clock monitoring and lighting
By Saiqa Chaudhari
Jn 25, 2017
The community garden in Halliwell, Bolton is used by disabled people and their families, as well as children who benefit from therapy animals, but visitors say it is for the benefit of everyone.
It also helps people in the community develop skills and increase their confidence.
Good Companions, which is run by volunteers and funded entirely through donations, has been targeted by thieves on a number of occasions recently.
February 3, 2017 Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester community garden installs round the clock CCTV cameras for protection
The charity gives the chance to sample farming life to around 3000 pupils and 400 teachers a year.
By Peter Anderson
Jan 21, 2017
The charity has three farms; at Nethercott, Treginnis; a sheep farm on the Pembrokeshire coast, and Wick Court a Tudor manor house and livestock farm on the River Severn. The charity gives the chance to sample farming life to around 3000 pupils and 400 teachers a year. Princess Anne has been their Patron for over twenty-five years and during that time has visited the farms five times, three of which have been to Nethercott.
January 28, 2017 Comments Off on Princess Royal celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Farms for City Children’
Growing your own is all part of the ‘escape to the country’ dream so when the village of Langcliffe lost its allotment, after more than a century of harvesting homegrown fruit and vegetables at the site, it was a devastating blow for the local community
By Ben Barnett
Dec 12, 2016
Speaking to Country Week in March last year, two months after the eight plots were removed by landowner Langcliffe Hall Estate, one local of the North Yorkshire village, Pat Smelt, described the loss of the space as “the most devastating incident to occur in the village in the past ten years”, other than the closure of the village school in 2007.
December 21, 2016 Comments Off on UK: North Yorkshire village rallies after devastating allotments blow
Amongst the supporters were town councillor Charlie Robertson, who said: “This is the kind of thing that should be happening more and more often. Not only does it improve the aesthetics of the town, but it also gets the whole community involved.”
Dec 8, 2016
Dwarf fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry and plum), currants, raspberries and strawberries in raised beds have been planted outside Cornerstone Arts Centre as part of the community group’s ‘Incredible Edible Didcot’ project.
The event took place on plant beds next to Cornerstone Arts Centre in the midst of Didcot’s first food festival.
December 16, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Community fruit garden planted in the town of Didcot
“We would like our Ducky back and are offering a reward for his safe return.
From: This is local London
Nov 31, 2016
Julie Hill is enlisting the public’s help to find the group of “loved ducks”, which includes Ducky the yellow duck, a spotted duck and a tiny yellow duck who belongs to a little boy who has been upset since he went missing last week.
The spotted duck went missing six months ago.
Ducky, who went missing yesterday, was given to Mrs Hill by a friend four years ago and has a special place in the family’s hearts.
December 7, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Entire family of rubber ducks that have gone missing from a community garden in Twickenham
Phillip who is one of 13 children, cultivated his green-fingered wizardry in the family garden.
From Great Big Stories
and Wales Online – David Owens
(Must see. Mike)
Growing up in a family of 13, Phillip Vowles learned to appreciate the effort it took to feed all his brothers and sisters. So when he started harvesting his own crop, he decided to supersize his venture. As Phillip says, “big vegetables feed big families.” Today, his giant veggies top-out at over 100 pounds and can feed more than just a few families.
“I’m retired now but I spent a life in farming after leaving school,” he said. “I was made redundant and then became a self-employed gardener, so you could say it’s in my blood.”
December 5, 2016 Comments Off on Wales: This Gardener Regularly Grows 100-Pound Vegetables
This project will investigate the diffusion of urban agriculture and urban greening through cities, and the impact this has on urban ecosystem services. Relevant ecosystem services include recreation, air quality, and moderation of temperature extremes.
Supervisor: Dr Charlie Wilson
Start Date: October 2017
Funding amount: £14,296
Specific research activities include:
compiling time series and geospatial data on the spread of urban agriculture and urban greening
mapping spatial diffusion and identifying spatial contagion effects
October 22, 2016 Comments Off on Research Job in UK: ‘The spread of urban agriculture and urban greening’ University of East Anglia
“In the town of Sheffield in Yorkshire where a great iron manufacture is carried on, there is hardly a journeyman cutler who does not possess a piece of ground which he cultivates as a garden. These people take exercise without doors, but also eat many greens, roots etc. of their own growth, which they would never think of purchasing.” Dr. Buchan who lived in the town 1760-1769.
By N. Flavell
The Agricultural History Review
Many acres of the horticultural land surrounding Sheffield in the late eighteenth century were utilized as allotment gardens. Provincial town histories, apart from those of Birmingham (where small gardens were often different in character) make little or no mention of anything similar for this period.
October 21, 2016 Comments Off on Urban allotment gardens in the eighteenth century: the case of Sheffield, UK
“We harvest three hundred sixty-five days a year. There’s not a day we don’t work in the garden.”
By Nell Card
Oct 10, 2016
“As with all our projects, this was about doing justice to the gardeners who have come before us,” says Ollie. It’s a decree they take seriously at Combe, not least because gardener Ron Hutchinson, age 70, is still employed at Combe House, the last in a long line of Hutchinsons who have worked the land here.
October 18, 2016 Comments Off on The Kitchen Gardens at The Pig Hotel in Combe, England
On a jetty jutting into the River Thames, they’ve founded Farmopolis, a space to explore how this could work. The project forms the beginnings of a social, technological, and agricultural prototype for urban farming.
By Johanna Derry
Oct 3, 2016
Farmopolis is a project that’s been several years in the making and is still in its early days. Ring is a landscape architect and founder of Wayward, the practice behind projects like the Helsinki Plant Tram, a mobile garden, and the Union Street Orchard, a pop-up forest in south London.
October 10, 2016 Comments Off on London: An Experimental Farm on the River Thames Is Changing the Way City-Dwellers Eat
Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.
By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016
Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.
“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments
The gardens date back to the time of the Land Enclosures in the 1840’s when the land was given to poor cottage holders of Hucknall by the Duke of Portland.
By Pam Wilkinson
Sept. 14, 2016
Secretary Pam Wilkinson said: “We would like to record and present the history of this site and are asking for any stories, photos artefacts from the families of Hucknall.
“Generations of Hucknall families have since rented the allotments to provide much needed food for themselves and their families.
September 21, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s
“Every hop grower in the country would be planting Fuggle if it was not susceptible to the potentially devastating virus, wilt.
By Jack Watkins
Sept 2, 2016
The British Hop Crop:
There are about 50 specialist British hop growers. These are concentrated in Kent, East Sussex and Surrey in the South East, and in Hereford and Worcestershire in the Midlands
In 1872 there were 29,137ha (72,000 acres) of hops in the UK, 60 per cent of which were in Kent. Today there are 404ha (1,000 acres) across the country
There are 72 known varieties of English hops
September 9, 2016 Comments Off on Young British hop grower left the City to reinvigorate family farm