Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Land sharing

After some thoughts on the food crisis I was delighted to read of the concept of land sharing championed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall .

His latest venture in UK is "Landshare"--a scheme which puts people with large unused gardens in touch with gardeners wanting space. 

So there is a good reason why the concept is growing and others are proposing variations. "LandFit" is another group that is "encouraging local food production by matching would-be growers with under used land." They too want to increase opportunities to grow good locally by bringing untended and ignored bits of land back into use. They see it is a way to not only grow food and encourage organic gardening but also as a way to discourage anti-social behaviour....when you have a well-kept street with local people interested in what is going on then you have a sense of community and involvement.