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
- 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
- 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