Open Space Meeting Report: Trees for Food and Fuel

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Some key approaches

  • Trumpington Community Orchard:
    • 20 Heritage varieties of apple have been planted and 2 plum.
    • Preserves the local gene pool and makes the community more resilient.
    • Similar orchards could be planted across the city.
  • Conservation margins on motorways
    • fast-growing for coppicing and local charcoal production
    • Good for animals and plants
    • Absorbing pollutants, producing oxygen
  • Wood-burning stoves
    • Are there enough in Cambridge?
    • Local street coppicing is needed.
  • Persuading City Council to plant more fruit and nut trees
  • Encouraging individuals and community groups to plant
  • Guerilla seed planting on unused land
  • Wild food foraging hawthorn berries etc.
    • This will play a part but only to meet a small proportion of our needs.
  • Seed germination
  • Education
  • Land
    • We need to ask the Council about planting on public land.
    • Is there really a law that states that if 6 people approach the Council asking for land to use for food production, the Council has to provide it?
    • It would be good to talk with the Allotments Association about this.
    • Bev Sedley will talk to one allotmenter about this.
    • Organisational skills are needed to navigate statutory rules (Council etc.)
  • Fundraising and grants for tree planting
    • The Tree Council is a good place to start.

Good contacts mentioned:

  • Cambridge Natural History
    • mushroom foraging etc.
  • Diana Oviat-Ham, Principal Tree Officer, Environment & Planning, CB City Council
  • Dinah Foley Norman, Principal Landscape Architect, Environment & Planning, CB City Council
  • Terry Ray, Active Communities, city allotments, CB City Council

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