Free produce in the parks

This is such  a great idea that I think would work really well in Durban.

“COUNCIL chiefs are bidding to create Britain’s greenest city — by growing fruit and nuts in every park and inviting the public to tuck in.  The £200,000 eco-friendly plan was devised amid fears that youngsters do not understand where food produce comes from.  It will result in fruit or nut trees and vegetable patches being established in all of Manchester’s 135 parks and woods.

A green-fingered team will plant 20,000 strawberry, raspberry and soft fruit bushes around the city.  Beehive sites — capable of producing up to 80lbs of honey a year — will also be set up in a dozen parks and allotments.  And herbs like mint and parsley will be available for the public to help themselves.

Many of the trees will be right in the heart of the city — and people will be invited to tuck into the fruit-and-veg as they go to work or on shopping trips.”

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5 Responses to Free produce in the parks

  1. bridget b July 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Hey! You’ve stumbled upon something I am interested in. See it goes a little something like this … after WWII when there was a shortage of food the government encouraged people to grow food in almost any vacant space. For more info Google “dig for victory”. Not sure why (lazy 1st world) people lost interest and became fussy up until a few weeks ago there were even stupid rules in place about not being able to sell food that was deemed “imperfect” – we’re talking about the shape of a fruit here. Anyway (I will summarise before I go on forever) … recent changes in the way people think (hello “being green”) means that its all coming back and people are growing veggies all over the place. It is not only brilliant it should be very achievable in south africa. maybe you should start a revolution or at the very least a community garden 😉

    see:
    http://www.guerrillagardening.org/index.html

    and: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23714776-details/London+is+full+of+people+growing+their+own+produce/article.do

  2. Smile July 15, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    hey bridget, thanks for the links. this is interesting stuff which I think is the future. such ideas should be incorporated into low-cost housing projects in za so no-one goes hungry.

  3. Pi July 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    What an inspired idea which will resonate with anyone who has ever gone out on a limb for a ripe (or not so ripe) pawpaw, mango, purple umdoni, litchi, numbing amthungulu, loquat, guava, v sour Durban grape/cherry, mulberry, oversized jackfruit, lemon, avo or what-have-you. Our little world definitely needs all the gardens and fruit trees it can get.

  4. pia July 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    what an awesome idea! it would be unbelievable to have something similar here… getting people to respect it and only take a bit at a time might be the hard part, but it’s a fantastic notion – thanks for sharing it.

  5. Alexander Dowding April 12, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/29/147668557/seattles-first-urban-food-forest-will-be-free-to-forage

    I read this article a while ago. Fascinating stuff.

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