Hackney council is providing funds to help develop Mabley Green into a place planted with fruit, vegetable, nut and herb trees and bushes for people to pick and eat the produce.Mmmm! I love my fresh produce flavoured with diesel fumes and the tang of ganja, lightly coated in dog and fox urine.
The council is giving £100,000 to pay for planting at the site near the Olympic Park, along with outreach programmes for school and pensioners’ groups and the salary for three years of a part-time officer to care for it.Now, I can’t quite figure out if that means £100000 for all of the above, or just for the planting and the rest is extra…
However, many locals, including the Mabley Green User Group, are fighting …To prevent such a barmy money-wasting scheme?
… to have a much bigger area for the edible park…Wha..?
… so that it would beat the current record holder, the seven-acre Beacon Food Forest in Seattle which opened in 2009./facepalm
Mr Rafferty (Ed: chair of the user group) said that the edible garden would help tackle childhood obesity rates, of which Hackney has some of the worst in London.Is that all? Won’t it usher in world peace as well?
He said: “If children can come into the park and forage for and interact with fruits and vegetables it will make being healthy fun for them.
“We also want Hackney mums to be able to say to the children, ‘Run to the park and pick some apples for the tea.’
It’s about bringing a bit of rural into an urban area.”I think Hackney mums'll stick to Iceland, mate.