Would Thornbury Benefit From A Garden Share Scheme?
By jmitchell27 | Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 16:17
I recently read about a scheme in Brighton & Hove that encourages residents to share their gardens with others who would like to grow their own food, but who are unable to.
Do local people think it would be a good idea to organise a similar scheme in Thornbury? I'm aware that there is a waiting list for people who wish to have a plot on the Daggs Allotments (Sustainable Thornbury claim that roughly 50 people are on this list), so there would probably be adequate demand for an initiative like this.
The group 'Grow Your Neighbours Own' state that: "We want to help form lasting (gardening) relationships between people, preferably people who live near each other – the garden/land owner and gardener arrange between them what they will grow and how often the gardening will take place, and share the produce as it is harvested!"
Sustainable Thornbury are already lobbying for more allotments in the area as a part of their Extra Allotments for Thornbury (EAT) Campaign, but I think they would welcome ideas like garden sharing (which are somewhat reminiscent of the new Totally-Locally group).