Major cash boost keeps woodland bid growing

Transition Buckingham member, Paul Anderson, at the site of The Buckingham Edible Woodland.'131009M-E374
Transition Buckingham member, Paul Anderson, at the site of The Buckingham Edible Woodland.'131009M-E374
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Plans for a communal Buckingham Woodland Garden have received a huge boost after the Local Area Forum agreed to donate nearly £3,000 towards the project.

The Buckingham Transition project to provide a long-term haven for families within the community has been informed of the grant from the forum, which works with local people to improve neighbourhoods for the benefit of all residents.

The aim is to develop a sustainable area of land at Heartlands by the River Great Ouse near the Moorhen Way estate.

John Mortimer, a member of Transition Buckingham said: “The initial concept was looking for land for local people to grow things communally, not like an allotment but a single garden where people would contribute to it and reconnect to where our food comes from as a community.

“The beauty of it is that everything from the woodland will be edible and over time it will become low maintence.

“We want to fill the area with herbs and shrubs where children can see all sorts and pick fruit which they can then use to put in things like cakes and other meals.”

As well as a fruit-bearing eco-system, Buckingham Transition wants to make it a pleasant place to go with parks and benches in the peaceful river surroundings. But Mr Mortimer believes the total cost will be around £5,000 over five years.

In the winter the group will host a Buckingham market stall where trees will be available for sponsor.

Sponsors will then be able to care for and help to maintain their tree in the woodland project.

For more information visit buckinghamtransition.co.uk