Garden sharing scheme to fight credit crunch
Digging for Victory is back as a Lincolnshire council finds a novel way to beat the credit crunch.
North Kesteven District Council could implement a garden sharing scheme to tackle the problems posed by the economic downturn.
Boultham Allotments Association assistant chairman Fred Hyde
The council says that the increasing cost of food is making it difficult for people to access fresh locally-grown vegetables.
If the scheme is rolled out in the county it could result in council house residents offering up their gardens to those who do not have land.
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These neighbours could then use the land to grow fresh produce.
Boultham Allotments Association assistant chairman Fred Hyde said the scheme would help county residents who do not normally have access to land.
"I think it's a great idea," he said. "On my allotments I grow enough fruit and vegetables for myself. You would just have to be careful who was let on to your land. It's okay if you know the person and can trust them.
Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is currently running a similar nationwide initiative on the Internet to encourage more people to share land for the benefit of the community.
Called Landshare, the project aims to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible.
Angela Butler, head chef at the Healthy Hub social enterprise in Lincoln, said more people should be growing their own food.
"This idea is absolutely brilliant," she said. "It would save a lot of money and then there's the sense of satisfaction of eating food you have grown yourself."
For more on this see Saturday's Echo.