Growing your own

Only 23% of fruit and veg consumed in the UK are produced here, according to Defra statistics.

With world food reserve levels low, and prices high, which particularly affects the world’s poorest, everyone’s growing and producing contribution counts.

Many people have space to produce some fruit, veg and herbs in their garden, in a window box or in pots. Some may have space for small scale livestock or poultry keeping, or bee keeping.

Allotments are becoming more popular, alternatively some people around Bradford on Avon are already using the Landshare website to request or offer garden or landshare. The more this website is used locally, the more valuable it will become as a resource to enable people to grow their own food and growing space to be put to good use. Since its launch through River Cottage in 2009 it has grown into a thriving community of more than 55,000 growers, sharers and helpers.

A wide range of fruit can be grown in this country including:

Apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherry plums, mirabelles, bullace, greengage, cherries, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, mulberries, bilberries, blueberries, cranberries, quince, gooseberries, medlars, blackberries, figs, blackcurrants, redcurrants,, white currants, rhubarb, elderberries, peaches, apricots and even oranges and lemons.

Some Useful Websites:

Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry identification

Did you know – to create an orchard you only need 5 trees?!

The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust “Food Champions” project is encouraging local communities to grow their own fruit and vegetables.