Feb. 20th, 2009

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From the UK:

Dig for recovery: allotments boom as thousands go to ground in recession
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/feb/19/national-trust-allotments

Dozens of National Trust properties join scheme to bring life to disused
land
* Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent
* The Guardian, Thursday 19 February 2009

In the boom times of the 1980s, councils sold off allotments in their tens
of thousands as it seemed no one in the Britain of conspicuous consumption
could be persuaded to grow a single leek of their own. But as recession
bites, the growing enthusiasm for homegrown veg has seen more than 100,000
people join waiting lists for a patch of land as demand hits an all-time
high.

Today, following the initiative of chef and "real food" campaigner Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall, the National Trust is throwing its weight behind a
campaign to share unused land, creating up to 1,000 new plots for use as
allotments or community gardens.

The trust, the UK's biggest private landowner, also wants to help bridge
the skills gap by recruiting an army of green-fingered volunteeers and
matching growers with its own expert gardeners.

Each of the new growing spaces will be created within a range or rural and
urban communities throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and will
be registered through the landshare website set up by
Fearnley-Whittingstall, an online "matchmaking" database which pairs
prospective gardeners with available spaces.
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