Richmond Fruit Tree Farm

Richmond Fruit Tree Farm, originally uploaded by Stephen Rees.

I was out cycling on the south dyke this morning and spotted a great blue heron. Now there is a flickr group just for gbhs, so of course I got his picture. He was all hunched up and static. Not a great shot really. But when I raised my eyes a bit this is what I saw. Now I have been writing recently about how we need to grow more food, and how homes in Richmond increasingly have no yard. So the home plot seems to be vanishing – and with it a useful source of physical activity. Back in England I used to work an allotment -and at first I thought that is what this is. But of course not. It is a brilliant idea of Mary Gazetas to get people to volunteer to grow food for the needy. It started off when they began collecting unwanted fruit from backyard trees that always produce a surplus to immediate requirements. Then they started growing vegetables here – and have also expanded to Terra Nova. And this will become an orchard.

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