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Acting for food security in Canley

Success in my local area - new fruit trees planted.

Apparently in the UK we import 90% of our fruit, and about 1.5% of all our fruit and veg comes by air so it is not going anywhere at the moment. Bananas are still fine as they come by boat into Southampton and Portsmouth, mostly from the Commonwealth republics in the Carribean. The ashcloud is still disrupting air freight and I'm not sure anyone knows when freight will be moving again. The ash cloud is still preventing any flights through the UK's major international airports in the most heavily populated region, South-East England [1]. It's easiest to notice the ash here from the fine layer on the cars that have been out overnight, and there is occasionally a sulphury smell in the air.

So - a move for local food security - we got some native trees planted on common land which will produce fruit with very little maintenance. It's a good start.

New fruit trees - apple, plum and pear - planted here.

Our local group worked with the council and we got some funding through the government's 'Connecting Communities' fund, and as well as renewing a zebra crossing and rebuilding a path, we acquired these fruit trees!

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Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 20, 2010 at 8:41am
Great that you managed to get that done. Of course I understand shipping citrus to places where it doesn't grow, but shipping apples? Seems crazy to me. My brother-in-law just brought us a bunch of apples from his cellar. They've kept just fine there all winter without cost. It may be hard to get people to change when doing so will make their lives harder or less pleasant, but there's so much potential for changes that are actually simpler and cheaper than how we do things now.


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