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West Yorkshire market town to test landshare idea

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A group of gardeners in a West Yorkshire market town have been exploring the opportunities attached to sharing garden spaces, according to todmordennews.co.uk.

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A group of gardeners in a West Yorkshire market town have been exploring the opportunities attached to sharing garden spaces, according to todmordennews.co.uk. The concept, known as Landshare, is being trialled by local gardeners in Todmorden. It sees people sharing their garden with others if they feel like they are not using it to its full potential, for things like growing their own vegetables. A meeting is scheduled to take place in the market town next month. It will explain the Landshare concept in more detail to the Todmorden residents and businesses in the surrounding area. Local councils and businesses will also be asked to consider whether they have any garden space that they feel like they could donate or loan to others. The meeting will take place in Todmorden Community Resource Centre at 7:30pm on November 16th. The Landshare scheme began in 2009. It came after Channel 4 presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helped some Bristolian families grow their own food on some disused council land in the show 'River Cottage'. There are now over 100,000 people on waiting lists for local allotments in the UK, according to uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com - with over 6 million Britons wanting to grow their own food. The scheme is run all around the country, and sees people offering or looking for garden spaces on the schemes website.

Author:

Samantha Bartlett

30th October 2012