Category — England
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
The mayor and consort had the time of their lives and even wanted to sign up for our forthcoming Green Gym where, with the help of volunteers, we’ll plant hundreds of daffodils on the adjacent green.
By Sarah Yates
Sept 1, 2016
The sale of seasonal vegetables, free-range eggs, garden plants and hanging baskets raised money to go towards the allotments, Pimhole Animal Sanctuary and a local charity which is yet to be decided.
Homemade cakes, tea, coffee, jams, pickles and chutneys were also popular at the allotment café.
September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public
National Allotments Week 2016 aims to highlight the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society and all levels of ability. Photographer Sam Frost went to meet allotment holders in Bristol
By Sam Frost
Aug 15, 2016
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There has been a renewed interest in allotments, with many holders taking them up for the social aspect in addition to access to outside space and being able to grow fresh produce. Alderman Moore Allotments in Bristol are run by the Hotwells & District Allotments Association, which was founded in 1917 and is approaching its 100th year.
August 15, 2016 Comments Off on The Guardian: Growing together – an allotment picture essay
Nestled between office blocks, on a patch of unimaginably valuable real estate directly across the river from Whitehall, live London’s most unlikely urbanites: lambs, chickens, sheep and a new brood of piglets. So how exactly do you run a farm in the shadow of Parliament?
By Peter Watts
Aug 4, 2016
There’s something slightly surreal about Oasis Farm Waterloo, a tiny working farm wedged into a slender strip of land owned by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, who permit use pending redevelopment for the hospital. Overlooking the polytunnels, portable cabins and three animal sheds with pigs, sheep and chickens, are a pair of tower blocks, some office buildings and a bleak railway viaduct. Next door is a Victorian school containing artists’ studios.
August 11, 2016 Comments Off on Those pigs in Westminster: inside London’s most central urban farm
Further 90,000 allotments are needed in the UK to keep up with demand, according to the National Allotment Society
Watercolour of allotments at Hackney Wick with the playing fields of the Eton Mission, Leyton in the distance. Signed and dated ‘Rose. Sept 1937’.
Artist/Maker:Rose, George Herbert, born 1882. Click on image for larger file.
This week is National Allotments Week, which celebrates the 330,000 plots that already exist in the UK and seeks to increase the number available.
By Elizabeth Henry,
Aug 8, 2016
The NAS is calling on people who care about allotments to “do their part” to protect them:
Allotment associations – protect your site by registering as a community asset. Allotment Federations – keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby councillors and MPs.
Councils – preserve and value your allotment service – it has the potential to deliver some of your public health targets.
August 10, 2016 Comments Off on Further 90,000 allotments are needed in the UK to keep up with demand, according to the National Allotment Society