Call to Action: Grow Your Own

09 April 2012


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Lots of flowers and veg growing at London's Vauxhall City Farm last summer - hopefully this year's crop will be just as good.Lots of flowers and veg growing at London's Vauxhall City Farm last summer - hopefully this year's crop will be just as good.

Last week saw a riot of colour, flora and fauna on our blog as we featured some lovely photos and stories about meadows in wild Scotland, in the beating heart of east London and at Wildlife Trusts across the UK. The meadows we featured were not just gorgeous to look at, but they were also important habitats for a wide range of plants and wildlife. The Mad About Meadows project is a perfect example of how these unique green spaces can increase a city’s biodiversity and bring people together to enjoy nature in the urban environment. We want to continue this theme over the coming week by looking at gardening projects that encourage you to grow your own flowers and vegetables, but also to participate in a wider community push to make gardens an essential part of daily life – whether in the countryside or the big cities.

Lovely brussels sprouts growing at Surrey Docks City Farm, London – where the garden produce often ends up on the Farm’s cafe menu. Photography by London Permaculture.

Our blog posts will give you plenty of ideas of how to get involved in a green/ gardening movement in 2012. We’ll be hearing from a Local Leader who is taking part in London 2012’s Garden for the Games campaign, from the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens, and from Project Dirt – all have great recommendations on how and why we should seek out our nearest greenhouse or community plot, and ask our neighbours to join in too. Our guest blogger Old Teasel will also be telling us how to grow our own pudding – as good an excuse as any to get into gardening!

Let us know what you discover growing in your vegetable patch or local community garden – here on the blog, on Twitter (@DiscoverDP) or Facebook.

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