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Over the summer a few fantastic initiatives have started to grow from the grassroots. I’ve been going along to meetings of Transition Town Peckham and Growing Southwark, full of local people who share my hopes to grow more food in the area and fix up our homes with the Peckham Power Company. This year I managed to get the last of the blackberries on One Tree Hill and grew plenty of tomatoes, salads and herbs with my partner. But living in a flat means my options are pretty limited, and allotments are a big commitment. Walking around Peckham you can’t help notice lots of underused green spaces just begging to be used for communal food growing, and beautiful parks with barely a handful of fruit trees for the public. We’re busy pushing forward the food strategy Green councillor Jenny Jones introduced through Southwark Council, and I’m exploring ways to connect…

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Last night’s Growing Southwark meeting was graced by British-Armenian designer Vahakn Matossian, who explained his Fruit City project and his beautiful picking tools. When I first got involved with OpenStreetMap I started to make my own private map of apple trees and blackberry brambles in public places. I spent one or two summers eating about four fruit crumbles a week! I love his map, and although it might lead to some sources drying up due to demand, that will hopefully just lend weight to public calls for more fruit trees and bushes to be deliberately planted in our streets and parks. I’ve started to enquire about the chances of getting some fruit trees in small parks like Warwick Gardens and Holly Grove in The Lane part of Peckham/Bellenden/Camberwell. Jenny Jones has been doing the same in her ward – South Camberwell. Maybe Vahakn will get the production line going for…

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Jenny Jones, our Green councillor in Southwark, cheap jerseys last night secured the unanimous backing of Southwark Council for 2 the cheap nba jerseys development of a borough wide food strategy. Great news! This will help deliver more allotments, free school meals, more and better paid jobs in the local food industry Mina and Living above all cheap mlb jerseys better quality food Anti that will also help reduce our carbon emissions. The strategy will cover climate change, health, poverty reduction, Greens local economic benefits and our I’m diverse food cultures (e.g. the amazing range of African food to be found in Peckham Rye, my patch). We’re working to try wholesale jerseys and maximise food growing spaces in the plans for Green Dale in East Dulwich, which will definitely be boosted by this strategy!

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