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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: Sowing the seeds of urban farming Reply with quote

interesting article on the beeb site about the burgeoning interest in growing your own:

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And several green groups have come up with a hugely ambitious proposal called the Feed the Olympics.

They want to see 6,000 acres of land in the capital used to grow enough food for the 14 million meals that will be needed during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7468890.stm
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could be wrong, but I have a feeling this interest in grow-your-own and allotments is going to explode in popularity in the next 5-10 years.
Ireland seems to follow england in these trends.
Hopefully though it is not a trend, but is here to stay.
Time for the city councils to start factoring the provision of allotments into their annual reviews.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope they give all the energy rich foods to the Irish atheletes. A great idea in fairness to tie the growing your own in with the flagship for health and fitness.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Re. Allotments Reply with quote

Hi there,

I was told by some Green party people that the councils are legally obliged to provide space for allotments in their council area.

Not sure how true this is or whether it would make a difference.

In the mean time you can always ask a few neighbours or friends for space in their gardens. That's worked for a few people I know and most people like the idea of veg/fruit growing in their gardens without the work involved.

Strange, think it's the work that's the attraction for gardenin folk. Confused

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did come across a group who are starting to try and do the same for Dublin, although they don't seem to have been going for all that long yet. They have a blog here, if anyone is interested (and I have a feeling that anyone on a veggie growing site probably is :)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: urban farming - allotments Reply with quote

There is a huge amount happening out there. South Dublin Allotments Association, based in the South Dublin County Council area, has been active for a few years now (http://homepage.eircom.net/~sthduballots). A similar group is forming for the north side of Dublin - check out ww.boards.ie and search 'allotments'. There you'll see references to food growing all over the country. There are at least two private allotment sites, in Meath. Community gardens are also springing up, organised by groups of residents, such as de Courcy Square and in Greenhills. Long may it last!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 links to recent allotment discussion.
http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1478.html

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055277130

I have just returned from a short break in Manchester where I visited my Aunts allotment , Dublin doesn't know what it's missing Smile

Here are 2 photos I took on the allotments!



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like we have a long way to go over here Sundew, but we'll get there. Wink I wonder what is the idea of the white gladiolis in the second veg bed photo, is it some sort of companion planting to keep pests away from the veg. I may be over analyzing it of course. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few private allotments in the greater Dublin area.
I am trying to start an allotment scheme in Co Wicklow.
Any idea where I should advertise them?
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