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UK: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on starting your allotment

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Allotments are becoming something of a must-have for urban families wanting to grow their own

Start a compost heap now, as an allotment will generate lots of green waste that’s best recycled into the soil.

By Alan Titchmarsh
Express
Sep 24, 2017

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Once the groundwork has been done it’s worth marking out beds, one for each of the main groups of plants. Put down paths of gravel, bark or paving slabs so it’s easy to walk around when wet, then start working out your cropping plan.

If you’ve never grown your own before, play safe for the first year or so and stick to reliable vegetables in small quantities spread throughout the year, or you’ll be swamped with stuff you can’t use – it’s usually lettuce – followed by nothing at all.

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October 1, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on starting your allotment

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system

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SPACE10—IKEA’s external future-living lab—popped up in Shoreditch during last week’s London Design Festival.

By Simon Caspersen
SPACE 10
Director of Communications
Photographer: Rory Gardiner and Nicklas Ingemann
Sept 2017
(Must see. Mike)

We used the occasion to test a new food concept, we’ve been working on, called LOKAL. It is not fully ready to be implemented in the IKEA business of today, but was received so positively by local Londoners, that we are exploring further.

LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system, which was on public display throughout the week.

Two thousand salads
The purpose of the prototype was to test how Londoners felt about food grown hydroponically and, more importantly, whether they liked the taste of the microgreens.

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September 30, 2017   Comments Off on LOKAL is a prototype of a salad bar whose ingredients are grown indoors, locally and vertically, using a hydroponic farming system

UK: The final spud has been plucked out of the ground of Preston North End’s famous garden allotment.

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Leo Gornall at the PNE Allotment.

Now aged 80-years-old and after two hip operations, Gornall has decided, with a somewhat heavy heart, to give up the allotment and he is due to hand back the keys to the committee today.

Lancanshire Post
Sept 9, 2017

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The little plot of land on the corner of Blackpool Road andGarstang Road hit the headlines many years ago when it was revealed that many of the club’s former greats were green fingered enthusiasts.

Striker Tommy Thompson along with wingers LesDagger and Leo Gornall used to frequently hit the onion bag during their playing days.

But after hanging up their boots, they switched their attentions to cultivating potatoes and cauliflowers.

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September 19, 2017   Comments Off on UK: The final spud has been plucked out of the ground of Preston North End’s famous garden allotment.

UK: Bilston ‘wasteland’ transformed into allotments for community

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“We had over 70 staff volunteer to be involved in this project and they enjoyed it immensely as they love to give something back.”

By Annabal Bagdi
Express and Star
Set 4, 2017

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“Staff and volunteers from Wolverhampton Homes have been working incredibly hard over the last year to transform a derelict piece of land into an allotment for the local community.

“Wolverhampton Homes currently run a staff volunteering project which allows their employees to work on projects and give back to the community.

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September 11, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Bilston ‘wasteland’ transformed into allotments for community

Durham’s allotment cutting garden is heaven on earth

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Head gardener Geoff MacCallum in Durham Cathedral’s cutting garden Credit: Chris Watt For The Telegraph. Click image to see larger file.

The garden’s survival is something of a miracle. The high brick walls, potting shed and glasshouse date it to the Victorian era, but it’s been a flower garden since at least the Fifties.

By Caroline Beck
The Telegraph
2 Sept. 2017

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The team of volunteers is run by Helena Johnson, a former civil servant and the regional chair of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (Nafas). At just 5ft tall, the floral arrangements in the Crossing of the Cathedral always tower above her by at least 3ft. She’s been doing the flowers since 1997, a weekly task throughout the year, using foliage cut by the gardeners and, during the summer, their flowers. “It’s so handy having the garden here, knowing they’ve just been cut the day before and are really fresh.”

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September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Durham’s allotment cutting garden is heaven on earth

UK: Corbyn, leader of the Queen’s loyal opposition, putters about in the garden

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Mr. Corbyn grows fruits and vegetables on his 250-square-yard plot in Finchley, London.

In a nation of gardeners, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pastime is run-of-the-mill. But keeping up a small plot within a London community garden fits his popular image as a modest, unmanicured politician.

By Simon Montlake
Christian Science Monitor
Aug 31, 2017

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“He’s the perfect man, I tell you. He doesn’t bother who he’s talking to, he’s the same,” says Joe McLean, who grows flowers, fruits, and vegetables on his allotment. He pulls out his phone to show a photo taken with Corbyn in June, just 10 days after the election.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Corbyn, leader of the Queen’s loyal opposition, putters about in the garden

UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

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Anke Wellhausen pictured at her allotment plot in Cavendish Road, Carlton.

Anke Wellhausen says she is being booted off the Robin Hood Allotments in Cavendish Road because her gardening techniques are not conventional.

By Matt Jarram
Nottingham Post
Aug 31, 2017

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She told the Post: “I would not say I was a bad gardener. I would love to know the reason for the eviction. I have only been given the standard phase which is non-cultivation.

“I have planted lots of new plants, I have put ground cover. It was overgrown when I took it on.

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September 3, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

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Six rare breed sheep have been chauffeured in for a daily shift of munching.

Woolly visitors part of a conservation effort aimed at increasing biodiversity in London’s Green Park

By Margaret Evans
CBC News
Aug 25, 2017

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There’ve been some unusual visitors to the royal postal code in London over the past week — a crack team of modern choppers brought in to help trim some troublesome patches of meadow in Green Park, just opposite Buckingham Palace.

“These are London sheep, these are,” Davis says. “Born and bred in the East End.” Davis said he’s proud to be re-introducing agriculture to the city.

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August 25, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Flock brought in to graze across from Buckingham Palace

UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

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OrganicLea, where all vegetable planting uses organic and permaculture principles, working with nature not against it. Photograph: OrganicLea

It is legally permissible for allotment gardens to market the surplus, up to 49% of what allotmenteers produce, and councils are also entitled to put unwanted allotments to commercial use on a year-by-year basis.

By Ru Litherland
The Guardian
Aug 18, 2017

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Allotment gardens have always been more than mere domestic food growing units. From their very beginning in the Victorian period, when land was given to the labouring poor for growing food, they’ve provided a space for recreation and an alternative to industrial capitalism.

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August 23, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

UK: The Manchester allotment where refugees and asylum seekers are growing vegetables together

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“I think the main things people get from Growing Together Levenshulme are a supportive community and a space to take time away from their difficult and often chaotic lives as asylum seekers.

By Lucy Lovell
Manchester Evening News
Aug 13, 2017

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” In future we’d love to be able to grow the project by opening the garden to participants on more days of the week, which is something they’re really keen for us to do, but in order to do that we’d need more funding and more volunteers.

“At the moment we’re just looking for funding to secure the long term future of the garden so it can continue to benefit asylum seekers and refugees for years to come.”

And what about the future for Emilie?

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August 19, 2017   Comments Off on UK: The Manchester allotment where refugees and asylum seekers are growing vegetables together

UK: ‘Countryfile Live TV Show – agricultural escapism or city-slicker sell out?

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BBC Countryfile presenters Adam Henson, John Craven, Charlotte Smith, Tom Heap, Anita Rani, Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison. Photograph: Justin Goff.

At least half of Countryfile’s viewers live in towns and cities.

By Paul MacInnes
The Guardian
Aug 8, 2017

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Since it moved in 2009 from its original Sunday morning slot to peak-time evening viewing, the programme has become more obviously aimed at an urban demographic. Issues of concern to farmers and those who make a living in rural areas are still covered, but they are less prominent than the features which either introduce aspects of the British countryside to a new audience or simply show it off. It also has the week’s most-watched weather forecast.

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August 16, 2017   Comments Off on UK: ‘Countryfile Live TV Show – agricultural escapism or city-slicker sell out?

UK: Police help transform overgrown allotment into peaceful community garden

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Durahm Police help transform overgrown allotment into peaceful community garden in Deneside, Seaham.

“Anti-social behaviour has gone right down. There is a real community spirit now. That was always our aim.”

The Northern Echo
Aug 4, 2017

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PCSO Aimee Guest, who works closely with DAG, said: “They have completely transformed the overridden area into a peaceful oasis for the community.

“They continue to inspire me by their initiative and drive to create change for the good of the local people. I am extremely proud. It can now become the heart of the estate. It is open to all.”

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August 13, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Police help transform overgrown allotment into peaceful community garden

Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

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A team from Possil health centre in Glasgow tend to their allotment box. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s largest local authority is already planning ahead by speaking with residents on how they can grow food in their own neighbourhoods.

By Chris Mccall
Scotsman
Aug 3, 2017

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The consultation by Glasgow City Council attracted hundreds of responses from individuals and community groups, the results of which will now be analysed before being presented to councillors.

“We are delighted with the level of response,” a council spokeswoman told The Scotsman. “This shows how excited Glaswegians are about all sorts of food growing opportunities.”

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August 11, 2017   Comments Off on Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution

UK: Reclaiming the Lost Gardens of Totnes

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Looking after the Lost Gardens of Totne.

The 150-year-old kitchen garden in the grounds of Totnes’s Kennicott Sixth Form College was once part of a working Victorian estate boasting hothouses growing grapes and nectarines.

By Steve Peacock
Totnes Today
3 August 2017

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But for the past 20 years it has fallen into disrepair, with its use restricted to partial employment as an allotment.

Earlier this year a ­garden design day was organised as the first step in regenerating the kitchen garden as an education resource for the community and the school.

Staff from the school backed the latest effort, as they got stuck in alongside the students.

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August 9, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Reclaiming the Lost Gardens of Totnes

UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut

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Dr Jens Thomas and Dr Paul Myers with BBC presenter James Wong at the Guild’s rooftop farm.

The programme highlighted how Farm Urban uses aquaponics as an educational tool to teach local people about hi-tech future food systems, inspire them to connect with their environment and empower them to make positive and informed choices.

The University of Liverpool
Aug 2, 2017

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A pioneering social enterprise founded by two University of Liverpool scientists is featured on the latest episode of the BBC’s Countryfile.

Farm Urban develops and tests the most efficient ways to grow food in urban environments, focusing primarily on aquaponics systems, which grow fish and vegetables simultaneously in a closed-loop ecosystem.

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August 8, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Urban farming project makes BBC Countryfile debut