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UK: Starbucks Offers “Grounds For Your Garden” From Local Stores

Starbucks has joined forces with The Allotments & Gardens Council UK to offer green-fingered gardeners the chance to pick up coffee grounds from their local store to use on there plants, as the grounds can help boost plant growth.

By Ben Wood
CIWM Journal
May 24, 2018

Excerpt:

The “Grounds For Your Garden” scheme sees Starbucks stores across the UK donating bags of used coffee to customers, encouraging gardeners to use coffee waste as a natural fertilizer and help boost crop growth, in collaboration with The Allotments & Gardens Council UK, which is helping promote the idea to its members.

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May 31, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Starbucks Offers “Grounds For Your Garden” From Local Stores

UK: ‘I found what had been missing my whole adult life…’ how one man fell back in love with gardening

Jack Wallington Credit: Heathcliff O’malley For The Daily Telegraph

I started doing the rounds with the local council, and they said the waiting list for an allotment was 27 years.

By Alice Vincent
The Telegram
13 May 2018

Excerpt:

I was learning about vegetables, but frustratingly I didn’t have anywhere to grow them. But there were raised beds in the Eden Garden in Clapham, and there was never anyone there.

So I put a handwritten note – because I thought it was more likely to be read than a typed one – under the door of the church nearby. It was an A4 sheet, that said, “Dear Gardener, I’m studying, I really want to grow vegetables. Please, please, please can I use one of your raised beds.” And this was in the middle of winter.

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May 19, 2018   Comments Off on UK: ‘I found what had been missing my whole adult life…’ how one man fell back in love with gardening

UK: City farms in London

Deen City Farm: Meet the farmyard residents like Kimby the alpaca and Edna the barn owl, buy grass nuts to feed the animals or squeal over the newly born ducklings, chicks and lambs.

The Editors
Time Out London
Mar 23, 2018

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Your animal sightings shouldn’t be just limited to the glimpse of foxes rummaging through your bins or a neighbour’s slightly sour looking pussycat. From Shoreditch to Surrey Quays, London actually has a surprising amount of city farms for you to visit. There are lazing llamas in Canary Wharf, energetic goats in Kentish Town or rare breed sheep off Holloway Road.

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May 18, 2018   Comments Off on UK: City farms in London

UK: Mayor of London Releases The Draft London Food Strategy

Part 5: Good Food Growing, Community Gardens And Urban Farming – Increasing Sustainable Food Growing

Greater London Authority April 2018
Published by
Greater London Authority City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
More London
London
(Must read. Mike)

Exceprts:

The Mayor will use the new draft London Plan to help local authorities to support food growing networks and community food growing projects.

Aim
Promoting the multiple benefits of food growing for individuals and communities

The importance of food growing in community gardens, allotments, urban farms and other spaces in London cannot be overstated. In addition to the environmental benefits of urban food growing, knowing how food is grown is a key part of building people’s skills. Food growing can bring many benefits to individuals and communities. It can bring communities together, help people make new friends, make areas safer and healthier, and provide training which can lead to employment and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

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May 16, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Mayor of London Releases The Draft London Food Strategy

UK: Campaign to save Clapton community garden pins hopes on 1980s mural

Community creation: the mural dates back to 1980. Photograph: DFF

Residents calling on council to rethink its house-building plans are worried the artwork could be lost – despite a vow to retain it

Hackney Citizen
May 8, 2018

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Ben Metz, who lives next to the garden, is calling on the council to withdraw the planning application until Historic England has completed its research.

He said: “Destroying or taking this mural away from the community would be an act of cultural vandalism.

“To proceed with a planning application without a full assessment of the site’s heritage value would be a serious error.”

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May 14, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Campaign to save Clapton community garden pins hopes on 1980s mural

The Gardening Show as Cozily Addictive as “The Great British Bake Off”

In “Big Dreams, Small Spaces,” modest, unwealthy humans try to improve their yards under the guidance of the charismatic master gardener Monty Don.Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht

Monty Don combines reassuring poshness, accessibility, and, to be frank, good looks.

By Charlotte Mendelson
New Yorker
May 2, 2018

Excerpt:

Even better, “Big Dreams, Small Spaces” combines this glamour with that essential of modern television: soi-disant relatability. The Ordinary People in these shows aren’t wealthy silver surfers who have downsized to just one acre, or hipster chef-gardeners rearing crops for micro-breweries. They are modest, unwealthy humans, with budgets in the hundreds, not hundreds of thousands, trying to improve their concreted front gardens, their hummocky suburban yards.

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May 13, 2018   Comments Off on The Gardening Show as Cozily Addictive as “The Great British Bake Off”

Outside London, British Jewry’s first communal farm in decades takes root

Talia Chain showing off the Havdalah area of her Sadeh Jewish farm near London, April 17, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

The Jewish couple from London city instead moved last year to the capital’s agricultural outskirts

By Cnaan Liphshiz
JTA
May 3, 2018

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“Judaism is at its core an agricultural religion, but so many of us have lost touch with that cornerstone of our faith,” said Chain, a self-described “city girl” whose new look features baggy pants, low-heeled boots and a wild mane of wavy red hair. But amid growing popularity for environmentalism, especially among young Jews who shun organized religion, “there is a great potential for engagement,” she said.

That’s why in 2016, Chain set up Sadeh farm, whose name means “field” in Hebrew, at the Skeet Hill House — a Jewish community resort 15 miles southeast of London’s center. It has an indoor swimming pool, kosher kitchen, dormitories and a large plot of land that once was disused and covered in weeds.

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May 9, 2018   Comments Off on Outside London, British Jewry’s first communal farm in decades takes root

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

UK: It’s a gardening golden age because lack of space has forced urbanites like me to be inventive


Alice Vincent on her verdant balcony. Credit: Andrew Crowley.

You don’t need an acre of land or a healthy bank balance to develop green fingers, just a little gumption and an open mind.

By Alice Vincent
Telegraph
23 Apr 2018
Alice Vincent is the author of How to Grow Stuff: Easy, no-stress gardening for beginners (Ebury, £12.99)

According to Kathryn Bradley-Hole, the outgoing gardens editor of Country Life, we are in a golden age of gardening. To those of you with a carefully nurtured back yard or a well-tended allotment, this may come as no surprise.

But – lovely as your lawns may be – you’re not the only ones driving the trend. Rather, it’s a more unlikely bunch: younger, metropolitan, able to name you three different avocado-based meals. I know, because I am one: a garden-obsessed millennial, who moved several miles away from a Tube stop in order to get custodianship of a balcony.

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April 29, 2018   Comments Off on UK: It’s a gardening golden age because lack of space has forced urbanites like me to be inventive

UK: Disused Dundee bowling green could be turned into community garden producing food for local area

Lochee Councillor Michael Marra at the former bowling green.

“The local community will benefit hugely from this project by producing fresh nutritional food, becoming more physically active and receiving all the amazing perks of being outside.”

By Lindsey Hamilton
Evening Telegraph
April 21, 2018

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t’s proposed that the unused Lochee Park bowling green could be used in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute to produce a community-managed growing project.

It’s anticipated that food grown there could help alleviate food poverty and health issues in the Lochee area.

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April 26, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Disused Dundee bowling green could be turned into community garden producing food for local area

UK: London Red Double-Decker Urban Farm

Photo Matt Writtle.

The Farmbus is no regular red double decker: inside it’s a top-spec sustainable strawberry factory.

By Katie Strick
Evening Standard
Apr. 19, 2018

Excerpt:

The floors are lined with pot plants, tomato vines and coriander leaves. Hanging baskets swing from the handrails and the driver’s seat is blanketed in a green layer of mint, basil and thyme. Upstairs, the deck is filled with a fine, ultrasonic mist.

This is no ordinary double decker, though. This is the Farmbus, a new sustainable urban farm for the capital housed inside a converted red London bus. It opened last week at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, and it’ll be open throughout the summer as a pick-your-own farm and plant shop. The first batch of strawberries is expected in the next fortnight.

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April 25, 2018   Comments Off on UK: London Red Double-Decker Urban Farm

UK: Prisoners restore broken garden tools to give away to schools and community groups

Launching the Tools Shed Norfolk at Mayton Wood recycling centre are, from left, Janice Coglin-Hibbert, Norfolk County Council waste reduction officer, Martin Edwards, head of reducing reoffending at HMP Norwich and Jack Narbed, Tools Shed project manager at The Conservation Foundation. Picture: Matthew Usher

Prisoners will be using new-found technical skills to restore gardeners’ broken and unwanted tools to give away to schools and community groups as part of an innovative rehabilitation project.

By Andrew Papworth
Diss Mercury
Apr 7, 2018

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“Participating in the scheme boosts their skills and confidence, as well as teaching practical skills which can be used when they leave prison.”

Janice Coglin-Hibbert, Norfolk County Council waste reduction officer, said: “So many of us have tools in our garden sheds that take up space but have outlived their usefulness and we’d encourage gardeners to bring these to our recycling centres at Mayton Wood and Ketteringham.

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April 13, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Prisoners restore broken garden tools to give away to schools and community groups

UK: Freightliners City Farm at 40: A refuge from city life in London

Freightlinders City Farm under construction in the late ’70s. Picture: Freightlinders City Farm.

Though 2018 is a year of celebration for Freightliners, there’s also nagging doubt. Its future is under threat.

By James Morris
Islington Gazette
Apr 4, 2018

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“We’re not 100 per cent certain of how it started,” Liz admits. “But we think it goes back to 1973, where the Maiden Lane Estate is now, on the other side of the Cally.

“We do know it was a community group coming together wanting to keep their own animals, grow food and live a bit of the good life. There was always a focus on children and young people, and giving them a safe space.

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April 12, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Freightliners City Farm at 40: A refuge from city life in London

UK: Walney pupils delighted to get to work in transformed allotment space

Pupils working in the transformed allotment space at Vickerstown Primary School.

Children at Vickerstown Primary School can now enjoy gardening and growing vegetables for healthy eating projects in the exciting learning area.

By Natalie Chapples
The Mail
16 March 2018

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In gardening club, the children have planted seeds in pots which are growing into cress and various vegetables. The aim is to give the children more responsibility to look after the plants and also promote healthy living. The hope is to provide vegetables to the school kitchen to use in the school dinners.

Back in August last year school staff decided to tackle the overgrown allotment area to kick start a healthy living project.

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March 25, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Walney pupils delighted to get to work in transformed allotment space

UK: Lambs arrive at Kentish Town City Farm in London

Volunteer Louis Golfier with one of the lambs.

‘I have never seen a black lamb with a white head and tail’

By Helen Chapman
Camden New Journal
Mat 16, 2018

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The young animals are said to bring more visitors to the city farm, spring being its busiest time of year. Twin lambs were born on Friday to a mother ewe named Lucky and one was born on Saturday to mother Motley.

Louis Golfier, 16, has been volun­teering at the farm for seven months.

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March 21, 2018   Comments Off on UK: Lambs arrive at Kentish Town City Farm in London