BTCV - Dig In For Climate Change and Grow Your Own
PUBLISHED: 11:03 28 January 2011 | UPDATED: 10:31 21 February 2013
Environmental charity BTCV is giving people the tools they need to grow their own food as part of a UK-wide climate change campaign
Environmental charity BTCV is giving people the tools they need to grow their own food as part of a UK-wide climate change campaign.
BTCVs Carbon Army has already mobilised tens of thousands of volunteers to join community allotment projects and sign up for free food growing courses. Now the campaign needs new supporters who want to increase their food growing and thereby cut their carbon footprint.
This summer BTCVs Carbon Army will be in full swing urging communities to consider food growing and question how they could better use their garden or green space.
The charity, which supports 628,000 people across the UK and advises 3,500 community groups, will be publishing a Grow Your Own Food Guide and distributing free vegetable seeds.
You could join BTCVs volunteer teams to build raised beds for schools, develop community orchards or learn more about horticulture and planting.
There are many ways to get involved with Carbon Army whether as a supporter, a grower, or as a volunteer.
One person supporting Carbon Army is Linda Barker, celebrity interior designer.
I've always tried to grow my own herbs or vegetables in the garden, in a grow bag or simply in a window box when I've been really tight on space - I don't believe that there's anything as rewarding as picking your own tomatoes, courgettes or lettuce knowing youve nurtured them from tiny seeds.
I know exactly where the food I grow has come from and that I havent clocked up hundreds of food miles buying it .Growing your own is a great way to make a difference to the environment, to spend time with your family or friends and to improve your health and thats why Im backing BTCVs Carbon Army.
Its important everyone has the opportunity to grow their own food wherever they live and charities like BTCV give people that chance.
Tom Flood CBE, BTCV Chief Executive, added: Anyone and everyone can grow their own even if they dont have a garden. Its easy to grow a few herbs on a window box or delicious tumbling cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket.
It only takes a few minutes to get going. You could be harvesting vegetables and fruit all summer and youll be taking a stand against climate change.
Learn more about becoming self sufficient and food growing to cut carbon by visiting www.btcv.org/carbonarmy