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Garden sharing scheme to fight credit crunch

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: March 21, 2009

Boultham Allotments Association assistant chairman Fred Hyde

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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.

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.

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.

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    Steve, Lincoln Edge  |  March 22 2009, 8:29PM

    If I was a Council tenant I would object to this with vigour. If I am paying the rent on the property why should I let someone else in to use a part of that property rent free. Give me a reduction in my council tax and I might think about it. There must be lots of land which is not being used within the NK District which could be used for this purpose.

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    Trevor Brooking, West Ham  |  March 21 2009, 10:01AM

    Gordon Brown and the bushy eyebrowed one are incompetent fools. This has nothing to do with the story but i thought i'd post my opinion anyway.

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    Mr Bored, Lincoln  |  March 21 2009, 9:52AM


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    Alan Hudd, Lincoln  |  March 21 2009, 9:45AM

    How about planting a Tory. i know i'd like to.

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    Mr Bored, Lincoln  |  March 21 2009, 9:38AM

    Why don't you take your political views elsewhere Mr Green. We don't care what you think, just put your little x in whichever box you choose when the time comes and stop boring us in the meantime.

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    Ace of Spades, ..Lincs  |  March 21 2009, 9:33AM

    As a suggestion it works just fine. I`m sure there are many pensioners, and infirm, who would be more than willing to turn gardens over, to someone trusted, for good use. But why label it a scheme. Is it to be forced on people?. It has all the makings of compulsion, a little further down the line..

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    Trevor Brooking, West Ham  |  March 21 2009, 9:28AM

    @ John Green, i think you will find that NKDC is also Conservative. Why let a simple fact get in the way of your petty political point scoring though.

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    Deutsch Mark, Marchfest  |  March 21 2009, 9:19AM

    I agree with W. Wilkes. If only the councils were forward thinking enough to buy some farmers potato fields, then we could all rent them out and grow some potatoes. Or something. I for one have already started on the self sufficency route by planting beetroot in my hanging baskets.

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    John Green, Lincoln  |  March 21 2009, 9:16AM

    Isn't it wonderful to hear of other councils actively encouraging people to use the facilities and resources available to them Whay does are very one Conservative council do in the same circumstances? That's right, dvelop a plan to sell off our allottments and open spaces! Oh and while thay are at it what about spending £100.000 on changing the use of the grandstand and west common so that it can be utilised and exploited by private business. It's so gratifying to know the Tory clowns on Lincoln City Council have got their priorities right. What a shower. What a joke!

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    W.Wilkins, Lincoln  |  March 21 2009, 9:12AM

    Garbage, if this council cares that much about helping people beat the credit crunch they could turn some nearby wasteland into allotments, or even buy up a farmers field and turn that into lots of allotment plots. No instead they come up with this idea, there is lots more they could do to help people in this way. The garden sharing scheme, i would laugh out loud if the idea was not so stupid.