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Edible Towns – help please!

October 26, 2008

I came across this petition on the River Cottage Forum and I’d urge you all to please, please sign it. Its to try to get councils to plant more fruit trees in public spaces, rather than all those non-native and pretty useless decorative trees and shrubs that you tend to find. If you’ve been watching River Cottage Autumn, you’ll have seen the feature on Abundance – a group who harvest fruit from forgotten trees and distribute it to community groups, schools and nurseries, proving just how useful these fruit trees can be. It seems ridiculous at a time of rising food prices and fears about climate change that so much space in towns and cities is wasted when in could be used for growing food and thereby lessen the need to import it. As well as planting the fruit trees, councils should tell people about them and urge them to make use of them. In my opinion, every town should have a group along the lines of Abundance to harvest fruit and take it to schools and community groups. Its such a brilliant concept and, after the trees have been planted, wouldn’t cost councils a thing! So far, the petition only has a few signatures so if you blog or regularly post on forums, you can also help by promoting the petition. Let’s make our towns and cities edible!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. thegardensmallholder permalink
    October 29, 2008 9:47 am

    I will sign, and add it to our ex battery hens forum!
    What a fab idea !

  2. November 4, 2008 6:16 am

    Fabulous idea – something they’re trying to do in my city also.

    Apparently one of the big obstacles here is that the engineering department and the Parks board (both of whom are generally responsible for maintaining public spaces/streets) don’t like the added burden of maintaining fruit-bearing trees and because of union rules, they can’t let others do the maintenance.

    But, despite that, they’re trying it out in a few places – so hopefully they’ll change their mindset!

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