Estates urged to grow own food

A research paper encouraging social housing providers and their tenants to work together on their estates to grow food was published last week.

Growing Round the Houses, by Ben Reynolds of Sustain and Christine Haigh of the Women's Environmental Network, gives advice to residents and social landlords on setting up food-growing projects.

Reynolds said the shortage of urban allotments and rising food prices meant under-used green spaces in housing estates were ideal for turning into vegetable plots. "There's incredible interest in growing your own food. Vegetable seed is overtaking flower seed sales for the first time. We hope this work will be the catalyst for a new dawn of urban agriculture."

Royal Parks deputy chief executive Colin Buttery said at the Growing Food for London conference last week that allotments should be incorporated into new housing developments.


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