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Objectives

OBJECTIVES

  1. To serve as a Model of good practice in Urban food growing using solely Organic methods.
  2. To encourage the growing of older varieties of vegetables no longer commercially available and an interest in the nutritional value of the vegetables grown. (Seed to be saved where possible).
  3. To provide a managed wildlife habitat and promote bio-diversity.
  4. To provide a focus and a stimulus for community action.
  5. To provide a community composting scheme. (There are several blocks of Pensioners flats in the immediate vicinity that are a potential source of organic material and a govt. White Paper on waste was seeking for 40% of households to be composting their organic leftovers by the year 2000.)
  6. Subsidiary Aims

  7. To provide educational facilities for gardening, composting and nature studies.
  8. To encourage whole family involvement (as do continental allotment sites.)
  9. To keep records of the Garden’s evolution, inputs and outputs, plantings and a wildlife log.
  10. To introduce novel and improved methods of gardening making maximum use of recycled and locally obtained materials.

THE BENEFITS

Urban Organic Horticulture can offer the following benefits:

Environmental improvement : by reducing food packaging waste, reducing transport pollution,
increasing bio-diversity and decreasing the chemical burden on the local environment which is imposed by intensive food production.
Health : by improving peoples diets, providing excellent physical exercise and promoting mental health by relieving stress.
Education : by providing a managed habitat and Model Organic Garden which can serve as an educational resource for the whole community.
Community Spirit : by fostering community identity, friendships and a sense of social responsibility and providing an arena where anyone regardless of age, sex, disability or any other social factor can get involved