- Recognise the value of urban food production, giving active (even legislative?) support and encouragement,
- Set specific, achievable, time-bound targets for establishing more community growing spaces in Moreland,
- Establish clear criteria for the use of existing council-owned land zoned as open space for community supported urban agriculture projects,
This Daily Telegraph story explores what the UK Government is doing to encourage residents to plant and cultivate fruit trees.
"Orchards have been identified as a 'priority habitat' in the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan because of the insects, birds, bees and mammals they help to support."From the Department of Communities and Local Government website:
"Whether your ambitions are to conserve a community orchard or to get together with neighbours to start and manage one, this 'how to' guide is designed to help you by making the most of the space in your local area for this purpose.See also, Get the green space you want: How the Government can help.
A compendium of case studies has been produced to illustrate the great work that is going on in communities around community orchards and provide you with some inspiration."
Meanwhile Leases for Gardening
|from Meanwhile Project|
Supported by the UK government Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the Meanwhile Project, meanwhile leases provide a formal mechanism for limited-time community use of privately or publicly held land.
"The main aim is to support community groups who want to get access to land for purposes including community food growing schemes, community gardens or other green spaces. It could encourage those who own land that has been earmarked for development, but subsequently delayed, to lease that land on a temporary basis to community groups."
Interesting heh? Have you seen these spaces?
Wouldn't they make great community gardening spaces or orchards?
Do you know of any more? Add your comments below.
What should Moreland City Council's community-based urban agriculture policy look like?