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UK: Forests the size of tennis courts

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A film for People Fixing the World by Richard Kenny and Anna Holligan.

Hundreds of tiny forests are being planted in towns and cities around the world.
The British government has announced funding for 12 of them in the UK. But what’s the point of a forest the size of a tennis court?

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February 20, 2021   No Comments

UK: BBC launches 8-part series on future of food & agriculture

In episode six, Wong meets the innovative growers who have created global, full-scale urban farming operations. He finds out how La Caverne, a unique urban farm in Paris, is growing a ton of mushrooms and greens each day beneath the city’s streets.

By AGDAILY
February 08, 2021

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In a new eight-part multi-platform series called Follow the Food, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, BBC World News, and BBC.com explore the stories behind feeding the world’s ever-growing population. Presented by renowned Botanist James Wong, the series will examine how farming, science, AI technology, and the consumer can overcome this challenge — while also asking whether the ag industry can do so in a way that doesn’t harm the planet.

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February 14, 2021   Comments Off on UK: BBC launches 8-part series on future of food & agriculture

UK: Demand grows for inner city gardening plots as Covid-19 pandemic ravages U.K.

Karen Peck on her allotment in west London.

“I live on my own. I think if I hadn’t seen the people at the allotment, I would’ve gone nuts during lockdown,” said Karen Peck.

By Alasdair Lane
NBC News
Jan 24, 2021

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But in the midst of the pandemic, demand for allotments has soared in several British cities including London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Sheffield, according to the South West Counties Allotment Association, a not-for-profit organization which protects and promotes allotment use across the United Kingdom.

“For me, it’s about more than just food,” said Peck, whose 430-square-foot plot is surrounded by dozens of others, also growing a colorful mix of flowers and produce.

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January 30, 2021   Comments Off on UK: Demand grows for inner city gardening plots as Covid-19 pandemic ravages U.K.

UK: The Deadliest Garden in the World: Visit Alnwick’s Poison Garden in Northumberland, England

Provided visitors follow the rules, the garden is safe, “although some people still occasionally faint from inhaling toxic fumes.”

By Josh Jones
Open Culture
Jan 20, 2021

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The mind reels to think of all the early humans who sacrificed themselves, unwittingly, in the prehistoric quest to learn which plants were safe to eat, which were suitable for healing, and which would maim or kill whoever who touched them. Even now, of course, the great majority of us rely on experts to make these distinctions for us. Unless we’re steeped in field training and/or folk knowledge, it’s safe to say most of us wouldn’t have a clue how to avoid poisoning ourselves in the wild.

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January 26, 2021   Comments Off on UK: The Deadliest Garden in the World: Visit Alnwick’s Poison Garden in Northumberland, England

UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

Plant force … PC Ben Ballard, right, riding Clyde, and PC Jo Brown on Iris create divots and trample in seeds at the Barbican Wildlife Garden. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

Mounted City of London police receive a surprise order: to help trample in wildflower seeds at the Barbican

By Phoebe Weston
The Guardian
Dec. 28, 2020

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The garden’s lead volunteer, Jo Rodgers, wanted grazing livestock to come and stamp in autumn seeds but there are none in London’s financial district. Instead, she called in the local police horses who came and walked around it for 30 minutes as part of their community engagement work. “In the countryside, you graze animals after you’ve cut the grass to help churn up the soil. We tried to think about getting in sheep or goats, and then we thought, ‘Horses!, we have them locally!’” she says.

Grazing animals play an essential role in maintaining traditional wildflower meadows because their hooves create dips and furrows that help push seeds into the soil and create microhabitats. More than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the second world war.

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January 3, 2021   Comments Off on UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

He said: ‘I’ve been talking to quite a lot of the First Nations leaders in Canada over the last year, and it’s high time we paid more attention to their wisdom, and the wisdom of indigenous communities and First Nations people all around the world.

By James Robinson
Daily Mailonline
29 December 2020

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During the interview, conducted by award-winning writer Ms Atwood, Prince Charles also hit out at ‘conventional’ intensive farming methods and said farmers who pollute the environment should be made to pay.

The royal heir, who for the last 35-years has owned a 1,000 acre organic farm in Gloucestershire, said the overuse of chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics in beef production, as well as an over-reliance on mono-culture cropping systems in agriculture, is damaging the environment.

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December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Coronavirus showed how vulnerable our global food supply chains are, but growing closer to home could also solve our waste problem

By Ellen Macarthur
Wired
23 December 2020

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In the current food system, when food flows into cities, organic waste is created in the form of discarded produce, by-products and sewage. This waste is full of nutrients that can be used to grow new food and create biomaterials, but in today’s system it is more likely to end up in landfill or go untreated. However, there are more viable – and greener – alternatives. In Italy, paper is already being made from pasta by-products, while orange peels, grape skins and excess milk are being turned into fabrics. In the UK, London has committed to ensuring that by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill.

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December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste