Despite the UK being SO dependent on imported food, those crazy Britons definitely know how to get a food project going on public land. However its not their allotment system that really get me excited (although I do think its pretty amazing so many people want them and the culture that goes with them) but the dedication to public orchards.
Historically, public orchards have been kept across the UK around churches and public buildings to feed the poor and disadvantaged. But recently they have received a fresh breathe of life via this cool project: The London Orchard Project. The range of activities this group engages with is fantastic. From planting new orchards, to managing old ones, harvesting forgotten trees and preserving heritage varieties. Not too dissimilar to the abundance projects that are so prolific across the UK at the moment, this project takes it to the next step by trying to introduce food growing in one of the world’s biggest, busiest cities. Very impressive.