Category — England
Volunteers did their bit today, planting 216 fruit trees as part of Derriford’s new community park.
March 11, 2017
Volunteers have helped plant Plymouth’s biggest orchard as part of a huge community park which will provide a green space in the growing city.
More than 200 fruit trees are set to provide free food for residents as new homes and roads are built.
March 18, 2017 No Comments
The pigs have been ordered, the shovels are sharpened and the champagne is chilling on ice.
By Petet Hughs
Mar 3, 2017
Ms Mayer, a nurse at Helen and Douglas House children’s hospice in East Oxford, was first inspired by the city farms she grew up with in London.
She said: “I had seen what amazing resources they are for city kids to learn about food farming and animals, but what I love about them is that it is learning by doing; being surrounded by lovely animals.
“There are so many people who seem to get an immense therapeutic benefit from it.”
March 9, 2017 Comments Off on UK: Oxford City Farm group celebrate after signing a 40-year lease with Oxfordshire County Council
They tap into the urban, guerrilla gardening movement in which gardeners take over vacant lots or concrete medians for gardens. Harden creates ball caps with hidden garden rakes, rings with garden tools embedded in the design and other sly, clever accessories.
By Vanessa Harden
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Tools for Her is the new collection of accessories designed to function as guerrilla gardening tools. Tools for Her presents a trio of brass ‘nail-dusters’ that can be used as a spade, rake and shovel in urban gardening. Each tool is paired with fabulous nail polish and seed varieties to stylishly integrate gardening assaults into the guerrilla gardener’s daily routine.
March 8, 2017 Comments Off on British designer Vanessa Harden’s Subversive Gardener line of jewelry and accessories
Body of allotment association secretary Lea Adri-Soejoko was discovered in lockup store at site in Colindale, Met police say
By Haroon Siddique
Mar 2, 2017
“She was due to attend a meeting in the Barnet area around gardening and good practice and she did not turn up to that meeting,” said DCI Noel McHugh, of the Met’s homicide and major crime command. “So a friend became concerned and then alerted family members.”
Neighbour Danila Catruta, 39, said she had been left scared by the murder: “Since I heard about it I keep thinking about the situation. How can people do this? I feel very sorry about what happened because no one should be treated like this.”
March 4, 2017 Comments Off on UK: Murder inquiry after woman, 80, found dead at London allotment
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 Comments Off on UK: Brighton & Hove Allotment Strategy 2014-2024
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
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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