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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Garden Share Scheme unlocking land for growers. Reply with quote

Garden Share Scheme unlocking land for growers.

Garden Share is run by the transition town of Totnes in Devon with support from South Devon Community Supported Farming.

The idea is simple. There are many older or busier people who have gardens they struggle to look after but which they like to see being used productively, and there are many younger and more able people who would like to grow food, but have no access to land. In effect, Garden Share acts as a dating agency, matching the two together.

Rather than waiting for allotments to be forthcoming, Garden Share is a great way of unlocking land for growers.

Could this be something that could work in allotment strapped Ireland?

Read more here..... http://totnes.transitionnetwork.org/gardenshare/home

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This idea also came up at the first meeting of the Kilkenny Allotment Association. It is an excellent way for younger people to get access to gardening space and also for the older people to impart their knowledge. It also has social aspects which benefit the older people. There appears to be a reluctance on the part of local council to create allotments so this is a good alternative to a traditional allotment.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hugh fearnley-whittingstall has a similar scheme

http://landshare.channel4.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like a great plan, the landshare thing is pretty good to. i guess just a matter of infrastructure then the content itself is down to users
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: Garden Share Scheme unlocking land for growers. Reply with quote

GPI wrote:
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There are many older or busier people who have gardens they struggle to look after but which they like to see being used productively, and there are many younger and more able people who would like to grow food, but have no access to land. In effect, Garden Share acts as a dating agency, matching the two together.


Sounds great until you start to use a garden belonging to a grandpa Simpson guy .



Of course he could regale you with great stories and olden lore and gardening tips, but on the other hand you may have to listen to "children these days don't know how good they have it" etc. No offence to our elder readers, I'm not too far off that stage myself.
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