This week six apple trees were planted in Barleymow Park, Hendon, Sunderland.
Friends of Backhouse & Barleymow Parks showing inspiring vision for others to follow were successful in their funding bid receiving funds from Sunderland City Council’s Community Chest.
The varieties planted from left to right viewed from path are:
The project was assisted by three other local community groups:
Hendon Natural Community Garden
Friends of Doxford Park
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Following other local communities around the world, inspired by social movements such as the Transition Network, Incredible Edible Network and the Permaculture Association they are at the forefront of a movement with it’s eye firmly on a different future from that which we have become accustomed to. Given the recent IPCC report showing that we have only 12 years to make unprecedented changes to keep global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5C beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
It is generally accepted that these changes will need to come from the ‘bottom up’ rather than ‘top down’ as governments seem incapable of making the changes necessary.
Facing the converging crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and soil depletion urban parks & other green spaces can play a part in building a more sustainable and regenerative future.
Planting fruit trees and other perennial crops supports the local food movement and educates our children about where their food comes from. Sowing wildflower seeds support our declining pollinators and other insects which are at the base of several food chains.
Taking actions such as these supports at least nine of the United Nations 17 Global Development Goals, see previous blog Who Will Care For The Parks?