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This man transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden in one of Wales’ most-deprived areas

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lawalTeaching assistant Andrew James from Caerau, Maesteg, transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden with the help of the community.

Having worked at his first allotment with his dad at the age of 10, he was now ready for the challenge of transforming the neglected wasteland into a working community garden.

By Abby Bolter
Wales Online
18 APR 2016

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Whilst most people headed home at the end of the working day, Andrew picked up a shovel and headed to the garden.

His efforts galvanised an entire army of volunteers – 45 at the last count – and attracted the attention of Bridgend Communities First, the Welsh Government funded organisation charged with lifting people out of poverty and tackling social exclusion.

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April 22, 2016   No Comments

London industrial property eyed for urban garden

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lonfreeWard 1 councillor Michael Van Holst stands in a 25 acre field, owned by Accuride, which he hopes will become an urban agricultural project space. The land, which had previously been farmed, now sits unused and could be an incubator for agriculture-related social enterprises, Van Holst says. Craig Glover/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network.

An urban garden may be in store for an east London industrial property where steel wheels are made, if a city councillor has his way.

By Norman DeBono
The London Free Press
April 8, 2016

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“There are a lot of ideas we have been working on. . . We don’t have a grocery store in this neighbourhood and we have a high level of poverty. Fresh food is limited,” Wills said.

The resource centre can mobilize the community and get volunteers, she said.

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April 14, 2016   Comments Off on London industrial property eyed for urban garden

Touring Welsh farmers educate city pupils about agriculture

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The Cows on Tour group appeared on local TV channel London Live and was filmed by the BBC’s Newsround for a programme set to air in April.

A group of young farmers who call themselves Cows on Tour have completed a 300-mile round trip from Wales to London to teach inner-city children about farming.

By Tom Hart
Farmers Weekly
Mar 30, 2016

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Now in its second year, the annual event aims to educate children living in cities about where the food they eat comes from and ultimately canvas support from the next generation of consumers.

It’s hard for me to imagine growing up in a highly populated area, such as London, but for the children at Pakeman school, this is the norm and as a result, they don’t know how important this industry is in feeding the nation Abi Reader, Cows on Tour

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April 4, 2016   Comments Off on Touring Welsh farmers educate city pupils about agriculture

This Billboard In London Doubles As A Vegetable Garden

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Sitting on a street corner in the central London neighborhood of Lambeth, the new billboard has a community garden built into the base.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co-Exist
03.18.16

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Clear Channel Outdoor, which owned the billboard, realized that a new design could help and turned to Wildstone, urban space designers, to make a plan. “Our design team came up with the idea of actually trying to green the site,” says Philip Allard, chief operating officer of Wildstone.

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March 19, 2016   Comments Off on This Billboard In London Doubles As A Vegetable Garden

Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’

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A One Day Conference on July 7th 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK

Urban gardening has long promised radical alternatives to industrialised food production and the organisation of modern urban spaces. Yet despite recent increases in popularity and a conspicuous proliferation of its forms, urban gardening appears to have had minimal material influence on how we eat or how we live.

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March 5, 2016   Comments Off on Conference: ‘What does the future hold for urban gardening?’

UK: Reclaiming Vacant Properties recognizes seven community gardens in Salisbury

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Local gardens are Camden, where the tour began, and also at Salisbury University, Halo, MAC, St. Albans, Habitat and the newest one, Boundless Playground.

By Susan Canfora
Salisbury Independent
Feb 20, 2016

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Reclaiming Vacant Properties hosts conferences where leaders nationwide explore “innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned, and problem properties.”

The social media event highlights transitioned vacant lots in the country, according to Martin Hutchison, pastor of Community of Joy Church, who also started and runs Camden Community Garden.

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March 1, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Reclaiming Vacant Properties recognizes seven community gardens in Salisbury

Wendy Shillam grows all sorts of veg in her tiny rooftop garden in central London

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Wendy and her husband Mike have a tiny rooftop garden – just 6m x 5m in her flat in central London.

The secret to growing really good veg in a small space – whether in the ground or in a pot – is simple, she says: good soil, plenty of sunshine and plenty of water.

By Constance Craig-Smith
Daily Mail
19 February 2016 |

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Just a few minutes from Oxford Street, and with the giant BT Tower looming in the background, the setting could hardly be more urban, yet in her series of narrow raised beds Wendy manages to cultivate chard, garlic, onions, spinach, carrots, fennel, wild celery, salad leaves and many different types of herb.

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February 29, 2016   Comments Off on Wendy Shillam grows all sorts of veg in her tiny rooftop garden in central London

Personal trainer transforms ‘dilapidated’ space into thriving community garden in Nottingham, UK

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“Teenagers were in the habit of using it as a hang out and were taking advantage of the older residents. They were treating it like a public footpath and throwing their waste and leaving their mess behind.

By Ben Ireland
Nottingham Post
February 15, 2016

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Glenn Simpson moved in to Littlewood Gardens, in Bilborough, five-and-a-half years-ago and found a communal garden that was only used by teenagers who left crisp packets and plastic pop bottles on their way back from school.

After countless calls to the council, and bringing his seven neighbours together through a Christmas card scheme, Glenn secured a £4,000 grant.

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February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Personal trainer transforms ‘dilapidated’ space into thriving community garden in Nottingham, UK

Nomadic Community Garden in East London

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The Nomadic Community Gardens are chronicled in a short film by Ross Harrison. (Must see video!)

Bangladeshi families tend beds of eggplant, squash, and other seasonal vegetables alongside their non-Bangladeshi neighbors.

By Jasleena Grewal
Yes Magazine
Feb 19, 2016

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The Garden opened in May last year when Londonewcastle, a property development company, leased an abandoned parcel of land to Wheale. All structures are portable, and the project is intended to eventually be moved to other cities—veggie beds, rain harvesters, and all. Both the on-site office and lightweight veggie beds can be transported by truck. “We can move them overnight so they’re ready, pop-up style,” Wheale said.

I talked to Wheale about his hope that the Garden can improve Londoners’ quality of life by helping growers lower their food bills, share skills, and build relationships.

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February 21, 2016   Comments Off on Nomadic Community Garden in East London

UK: Eyesore Derbyshire fountain to become community veg garden

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The fountain in Romorantin Place, Long Eaton.

The council were tired of having to empty and clean it after every weekend with the drunks using it as a toilet.

By Derby Telegraph
February 07, 2016

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The popular water feature was used as a paddling pool by local families for many years, but after the water was switched off the structure started to deteriorate.

But now plans are being drawn up to fill the 14-metre-wide fountain with 70 tonnes of earth – and paved walkways will be laid for green-fingered locals to make their way around the new fountain garden.

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February 12, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Eyesore Derbyshire fountain to become community veg garden

From N16 to SW9: How London’s Urban Farmers are Cultivating the City

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Kate Hofman and Tom Webster of GrowUp Urban Farms. Photo by Akira Chatani.

One of the most expensive cities in the world, London is not known for its urban agriculture. Yet a new generation of farmers is starting to change all that by transforming the city’s underground tunnels, industrial warehouses, and rooftops into urban acreage.

By Fiona Symington-Mitchell
Modern Farmer
February 3, 2016

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Former management consultant and a graduate of Climate-KIC, Kate Hofman believes to produce food in our cities we simply need to find the right products to grow in the right places. “This is why we think acquaponics and vertical farming is the right combination,” she says. “You are making the most effective use of space, while looking at food production holistically.”

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February 5, 2016   Comments Off on From N16 to SW9: How London’s Urban Farmers are Cultivating the City

UK: Council grants permission to Oxford City Farm to move into unused urban field

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oxfChairwoman Lucie Mayer enlists the help of some young volunteers at the Oxford City Farm

“If it’s going to teach people more about farming and get them involved I can only say that it’s a win win situation.

By Sophie Mogridge
Oxford Mail
Jan 18, 2016

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The site has been derelict for more than seven years and the land has since been given the all-clear for contaminants by Oxford City Council.

Ms Mayer added: “We’ve been working very long and hard to get this project together and we’re so thrilled that it’s finally coming together, although we don’t have any dates finalised as of yet.

“We can now start growing and working towards getting livestock on the farm but our next big focus is completing the lease and fundraising £40,000 more, but we’re happy to take our time in raising it.”

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January 23, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Council grants permission to Oxford City Farm to move into unused urban field

Allotment Garden Shed Destroyed by Vandals in Welsh Town

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Bill Thomas with the remains of his burned down shed and tools at the Cemetery Lane allotments in Barry.

Grandfather’s plans for spending his retirement gardening are dashed after his shed is burned to the ground

By Dominic Jones
Barry and District
Dec 30, 2015

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Mr Thomas explained that the area is a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, with youths often breaking in to the allotments to use sheds for drinking. He suspects that this may be related to finding his shed destroyed following a phone call from the police days before Christmas.

“I was devastated, absolutely devastated,” said the grandfather of eight. “I could have cried when I saw it.

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January 5, 2016   Comments Off on Allotment Garden Shed Destroyed by Vandals in Welsh Town

City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

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Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts visited the Swansea Community Farm (SCF) to see the multi-award winning project for himself and drum up support for the Fforestfach site.

“It would be a massive step backwards in efforts made to connect urban and rural life if this community farm is forced to close.”

Farming UK
Dec 9, 2015

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They need to raise £20,000 before Christmas and £50,000 by the end of March to ensure operations keep on running.

As a working farm they have always aimed to reconnect people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their food, their environment and each other and do this through a range of unique and exciting educational, volunteering, training and play projects.

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December 15, 2015   Comments Off on City Farm in Swansea – Wales’ only community farm – needs support to survive

Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester, UK, turns 30

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Among the biggest city farms in the UK with more than 100 animals and much more, including a heritage trail, a cafe, play equipment and a giant plastic cow for children to milk.

By Tom Mack
Leicester Mercury
December 03, 2015

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Key to the farm’s success is the fact that the site itself raises about two thirds of the £150,000 it needs each year for wages, feed and other things, with the rest of the money coming from Leicester City Council.

Sarah said: “I am impressed that we’re still here. It shows that we’re something that’s needed in the community.

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December 10, 2015   Comments Off on Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester, UK, turns 30