Free Fruit, Forever

April 22, 2009 at 6:15 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment

3272-prunus-domestica-stanley-plum-tree1Now I want to move to Manchester! That English city is planning to provide free fruit, nuts and honey for all — pretty much forever. According to today’s Daily Mail: “Thousands of fruit trees and bushes are to be planted in a city centre to provide fresh — and free — produce for locals. The council implementing the £200,000 scheme said it was triggered by children not knowing where fruit comes from.”

What? That’s scary.

“All of Manchester’s 135 parks are to be planted with fruit and nuts, as well as herbs such as mint and parsley. The scheme will also see around 20,000 soft fruit bushes introduced across the city. The three-year plan aims to reintroduce rare fruits such as mulberries, damsons and greengages.”

Those last two are kinds of plum.

“The plants will have signs telling people their name and the right time of year to pick them. Vegetable patches will also be created, but because they need more work the produce will go to the volunteers who tend them. Beehives are also being set up at a number of sites across the city — each capable of producing up to 80lb of honey a year. Park staff and volunteers will be trained how to handle the hives. If successful, hives will be introduced in all parks. Officials say the council may eventually produce its own honey and wax.

“Chaz Farghaly, the council’s parks and leisure boss, said: ‘Historically there have been very few fruit trees in our parks and we were amazed by the number of young people who told us they didn’t know where fruit and veg came from. These are public areas and there is no reason why people shouldn’t be able to help themselves to the produce grown.’”

Yum! Urban foraging is one of our favorite forms of scavenging.

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  1. One of the laws of the Universe is that no good deed goes unpunished. An obvious consequence from all this future food is that the vermin problem will get out of hand, unless the local citizenry remains committed to harvesting the bounty.

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