16 Oct 2008
The Totnes Garden Share Scheme on the BBC
Here in Totnes, one of the projects we are involved in that is really motoring along, and is also generating a lot of interest, is the Garden Share scheme. The idea is simple. There are many older or busier people who have gardens they struggle to look after but which they like to see being used productively, and there are many younger and more able people who would like to grow food, but have no access to land. In effect, Garden Share acts as a dating agency, matching the two together.
In recent weeks it has generated a lot of press coverage, including a visit from Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall to film a part of his latest series, and a very good piece on BBC News, which you can see here (unfortunately the BBC don’t enable the embedding of their videos elsewhere). To begin with we had more gardens than gardeners, prompting fears that perhaps more people talked about wanting to garden than were actually willing to get the fork out and get on with it. In recent weeks however, this has flipped, and now more and more gardeners are coming forward. Rather than waiting for allotments to be forthcoming, Garden Share is a great way of unlocking land for growers, especially when it is accompanied by the gardening training we are currently runnning. Garden Share is run by TTT with support from South Devon Community Supported Farming.