Here we go guys!
I am going through the thread as people contributed as that is the easiest. I am sincerely hoping that some of you here will join me in 'guerilla
gardening' next year, and as such I would like to make the following suggestions as I don't know all the answers!
I have pondered long and hard about writting to my MP. I am thinking of legalities here. If we 'let the cat out of the bag' so to speak, we could
get stopped before we're even started! There is a 7 year by-law, that says if you have taken over land and nobody complains in that 7 years you are
free and clear. So what say you about getting in touch with what to appears to be my tree hugging MP?
1. First thing I think would be a good idea is if some of us could get together at the Bear Cafe in Tod as early as possible in the new year and have
a look around to get some good ideas.
2. RogerT...I just love the 'chapter' idea!
3. This is not about allotments...but we could play TPTB at their own 'distraction' game and keep them so busy via our local 'chapters' demanding
allotments, they will be too busy to see what is already growing under their own noses!
4. Aha! detatchedindividual...as our resident sociologist and psychologist...you will have an important role to play that might not be so evident at
5. Drala, could you please share what you have got going in your area please?
6. MaMaa gave us this link
I suggest you all have a quick read. Thanks MaMaa
7.dizTheWiz...don't panic! I have a plan!
8. Benchkey..We could sell surplus produce to local grocers who in return for their FREE fruit and veg could agree to give the local 'chapter' a 50%
of what he has taken to buy even more fruit trees or seeds!...simples!
9. BooBetty, thank you for the link to Incredible Edible...worth a browse around for some pretty good ideas!
10 Spikey, Could you enlighten us on what you pick, store etc.
11. Suspira..Do you fancy helping us out with what should be planted when?
12. I don't know why so many are worried about dog's peeing on the food etc. Think raised beds in such areas. There are many ways and many planting
techniques to feed the locals...we just have to be a bit shrewd in our thinking.
13. Most importantly, peoples attitudes. When things start getting even tighter next year, and people really start struggling to put food on their
tables...you watch how this will catch on! There are more of us than them!
14. For those of seemingly worried about 'upset tummies'.....highly unlikely! Unless you would rather carry on consuming all the pesticides, gmo's
etc that is all over the food you get in the supermarket.
15. My current idea is to do something obvious like I mentioned the shrubs on the outside of my drive way gates and planting strawberry plants. High
school kids and shoppers are constantly walking past. I want to do one obvious thing to see if I get away with it when the council come round to trim
the hedges next year...I have a funny feeling the 'workers' will be helping themselves to some strawberries....I might even offer them some sugar
and cream! ......BUT....I want to plant stuff more sureptitiously...like carrots...those who know what carrots look like will cotton on....those that
have no idea like the 'yobs' that have been mentioned will just think they are weeds and not bother trashing them!
16. I have found out that there are loads of chickens going free to good homes in the Manchester area. New EEC directive that chicken farmers are only
allowed to have a certain ammount of chickens per set area! I will get more info from my friend if anyone is interested.
I would dearly love to see this thread continue next year with all the POSITIVE stuff and results people have done and got....well at least until
ottobot gets something going!
I am going to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your contributions so far, and to wish you all a very happy Christmas/holiday, and hope
that at least some of you will feel inspired to do something positive in 2012!
Rainbows with lots of fairy lights to you all!