Transition and food-growing
Why grow your own?
Food is cheaper now than it has ever been. There is a great variety of food available from all over the world and throughout the year. So why, when the industry has progressed so rapidly, should we worry about production and consumption of food? Cheap food has hidden costs, social and environmental. These include soil erosion and destruction of rural communities through intensive farming, mass deforestation and biodiversity loss, fisheries depletion, water pollution and food chain contamination by agrochemicals, and production of greenhouse gases especially by the meat and dairy industry. And while markets have driven improvements in the consistency, colour, texture and shelf-life of food, there have been losses in nutritional value, taste, variety within species and between seasons. If we read these in the light of climate change and peak oil, both of which will make current food systems unviable, the need for action to create a sustainable food system becomes urgent. TTK believe there are more sensible and satisfying ways to deliver the food we need. We aim to help create a healthy environment and thriving community by building a resilient food system for Kingston. There are a range of food growing and harvesting groups and projects active across the borough helping Kingston to transition. Some were established long before Kingston became an official Transition Town, others are newly formed – and all are helping create a better brighter future for Kingston.
We have also produced a flier “Community Gardening for Good Health” anyone who’d like to find a community garden nearby, the local health sector and local libraries.
If you’d like to be involved, do visit one of the web-pages below to find out more:
Abundance Kingston aims to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit, such as apples, pears and plums and redistribute the surplus to the Kingston community (local nurseries, homeless shelters, individuals) on a non-profit basis.
Canbury Community Garden – a project started in the summer of 2016, jointly supported by TTK and the Canbury and Riverside Association, and also awarded a small grant for tools and topsoil from the Royal Borough of Kingston. The community garden is on the edge of Canbury Gardens in North Kingston, in a former gardeners’ yard. See the CCG Facebook page for updates and times of regular gardening sessions.
Transition Tolworth was a one-year project undertaken after we received £500 funding from RBK at the Tolworth “Your Money, You Decide” event in June 2012. The funding was for TTK volunteers to work with local residents and businesses to tidy up and green some areas of Tolworth, starting with an area behind the Broadway. The project was handed on to the local community in 2013 and is still going.
Former Transition Town Kingston projects
Urbanfarmacy aimed to grow herbs in the urban spaces around us and provide the local community with free, seasonal and fresh herbs which could be used to make skin care products. The project is now over, but other local community gardens may well be growing herbs – do have a look!
Other local projects
Kingston Permaculture Reserve (KPR) at Knollmead – find out more on KPR’s Facebook page.
Surbiton Food Festival: TTK and Urbanfarmacy have provided planters and plants for this annual festival
Do please contact us if you know of other local community gardens / gardening projects.