Our first unmitigated success with public food growing sites came at the Premier Inn Hotel in Belsize. It took a year and several hotel managers, but eventually we won the right to build raised beds in a corner of their car park. A group of Transitioners who live in the surrounding streets came together to create a food growing space using permaculture principles. The aim was to inspire residents, hotel staff and guests to grow food and think about sustainability.
This photo shows visitors being shown round the Fruitery during our wildlife weekend. The Fruitery was designed and developed using the principles of Permaculture. The aim is to work with nature, by using suitable companion planting, to produce a low maintenance, sustainable but productive garden. Instead of using weedkiller, we use mulches and 'green manure'. Instead of using hosepipes and watering timers, we use the shade of trees to reduce plants' need for water.
Last Sunday was a big harvesting day of our lovely potatoes! We had a plenty of small to middle sized potatoes and cooked together simple Butter Mint Potato afterwards. Also, rasberries and tomatoes are growing well. We will change the Weekly gathering time earlier from this Sunday. If you are coming, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to just pop in to the plot whenever you have time!