Horticulture

Globe unveil new hydroponic kit at Eco Centre

Yesterday Globe became the proud owner of a brand new hydroponic kit by HydroVeg, to support education and volunteer programmes. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. Minerals and nutrients are added to the water so the plants produce fruits and vegetables all year round.The kit provides an innovative way of growing vegetables […]

Eco Centre Update

Following months of fundraising, consultation and planning, we are pleased to announce that we will be shortly starting work on site at our new location (on land next to the Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall Road) to create Uttoxeter’s first community-led Eco Centre and Recycling Facility. Pictured above is the layout that shows our four areas on […]

Uttoxeter community garden – have your say

As you may already be aware, we are looking to establish a new community garden for Uttoxeter, to encourage all different kinds of people of all ages to come together. Community gardener volunteers will be able to learn new skills, from making a raised bed to the techniques of permaculture and we will be running a series of on-site workshops and craft course.

We will also use the site to support other local green initiatives through seed swaps, shared equipment and collaborative efforts.

We aim to be regenerate a small piece of land that currently suffers from flooding, with support from our volunteer teams and community members. Turning the site into a havens for plants and wildlife, as well as for local residents to enjoy.

We are at the early planning stages of this project and would like to hear from all those interested in taking part (or you might just have some good ideas to share) – to provide us with your feedback, please complete this very short survey.

As we are a not for profit organisation, we can only run this project on the kind donations of others. We are actively fundraising for the community garden, should you, your employer or organisation be able to make a donation, please visit our donations page.

Dense garden plantings create an abundance of invertebrate wildlife

Royal Horticultural Society establishes link between dense garden plantings and abundance of invertebrate wildlife Gardeners wishing to support plant-dwelling invertebrates essential to the food chain, including predators such as ladybirds and spiders, should put in more plants – particularly native species – set aside the secateurs and turn a blind eye to the odd nibbled […]

Plans unveiled for 50 million tree new Northern Forest

The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trust plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest that will comprise over 50 million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine, has received Government backing this morning.

The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England.

The Northern Forest will both accelerate the creation of new woodland and support sustainable management of existing woods right across the area. Many more trees, woods and forests will deliver a better environment for all by: improving air quality in our towns and cities; mitigating flood risk in key catchments; supporting the rural economy through tourism, recreation and timber production; connecting people with nature; and helping to deliver improvements to health and wellbeing through welcoming and accessible local green spaces.

With a population in excess of 13m that is expected to rise by 9% over the next 20 years and with woodland cover at just 7.6%, below the UK average of 13%, and far below the EU average of 44%, the North of England is ripe to reap the benefits of such a project.

Tree planting rates are dramatically low with tree planting in 2016 being only 700 hectares against the Government’s target of 5000 hectares a year; there is a need for drastic change.

Austin Brady, director of conservation, Woodland Trust said:

“England is losing tree cover. We need to make sure we are protecting our most important habitats such as ancient woodland as well as investing in new major woodland creation schemes. Existing approaches to increasing woodland cover are stalling and existing delivery mechanisms, such as Community Forests are under threat. A new Northern Forest could accelerate the benefits of community forestry, support landscape scale working for nature, deliver a wide range of benefits, including helping to reduce flood risk, and adapt some of the UK’s major towns and cities to projected climate change. The North of England is perfectly suited to reap the benefits of a project on this scale. But this must be a joined-up approach. We’ll need to continue to work with Government, and other organisations to harness new funding mechanisms such as those promised in the Clean Growth Strategy to plant extensive areas of woodland to lock up carbon. This will ensure we can make a difference long term.”

Paul Nolan, director of the Mersey Forest said:

“The Northern Forest will complement the planned £75bn of hard infrastructure investment across the M62 corridor. We have shown that we can lock up over 7m tonnes of carbon as well as potentially reduce flood risk for 190,000 homes. The Northern Forest can also help to deliver improved health and wellbeing, through programmes such as the Natural Health Service. Community Forest Trust has a long track record of developing partnerships and, most importantly, working with local communities to create new woodlands and manage existing woods in and around our towns and cities. We welcome the government support for the idea and we are looking forward to accelerating the work of the Community Forest Trust across the Northern Forest.”

There are currently five community forests that sit within the proposed area for the Northern Forest including, City of Trees, White Rose Forest, Mersey Forest, HEYwoods and South Yorkshire Forest.