Recently, there has been highly enthusiastic renewed interest in community gardens and city farms, also called allotment gardens, across the UK. The location of these community growing groups range from highly urbanized London to the Wales countryside. Much of this renewed interest is spurred on by the educational work of charity groups like The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), and the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS). Of the many benefits community gardens bring to communities, reducing rubbish removal is one in which many participants are most proud.
Using Rubbish Removal, Recycled Materials, and Other “Junk” To Build Garden Sheds, Etc
Items rescued from rubbish removal bins and other junk are often used to build sheds in community gardens and city farms to house gardening tools and other items. Rubbish removal is also used to build makeshift greenhouses, raised garden beds, trellises, vertical tube planters, and many other growing structures.
Wooden pallets are used to build fences. They are also converted to planters for herbs, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and other popular vegetables. All of these efforts have the positive effect of diverting this rubbish removal from the landfills. They also inspire people to do the same in their private gardens once they see what’s possible in community gardens. Food containers and other rubbish that would normally head straight for rubbish removal bins are often converted to planters in community gardens.
Unique Types of Community Gardens
Many modern day community gardens and city farms no longer look like, or even function like, the UK allotments from decades ago. While these older allotment gardens tended to be used primarily for survival during economic hard times, and food security during war, today we see unique community growing spaces with diversified purposes. Many community gardens are now more focused on healthy eating, the local food movement, reducing the greenhouse effect, an opportunity for quality family time, and bonding together diverse and multi-generational members of the community toward a common goal.
School farms are sometimes set up to teach children how to raise their own food and get them more intimately connected to where food comes from. Therapy gardens are used to help seniors and others who have suffered from stroke or other brain injury. They can also be used to help drug addicts recover and rehabilitate ex-criminals as they reintegrate into society. There are also a whole assortment of roof gardens, community orchards, and mobile gardens! Thankfully, a cohesive theme in all of these unique community gardens is recycling materials from rubbish removal.
Rubbish Removal Junk Helps Build Nature Trails
Community gardens, especially those found in urban areas, provide a much needed place for children and adults to commune with nature. In some cases, volunteers build rustic nature trails complete with interpretive signs, benches, mazes, playground equipment, birdhouses, and other structures to help engage people with nature. Charity groups often encourage these volunteers to use recycled materials from rubbish removal as much as possible to build these structures.
Community Composting To Reduce Rubbish Removal
For citizens who have never composted before, joining a community garden can be one of the best ways to learn how to compost. In fact, even for veteran composters, interacting with other people in a community garden setting is a great way to learn new composing skills.
Of course, food scraps and yard waste are among the most significant items added to landfills, both contributing heavily to the production of methane and carbon dioxide gases in our atmosphere. Community gardens do a good job at keeping a significant portion of food and yard rubbish removal out of our landfills.
Please Share Your Photos and Observations With Clearabee
Clearabee, a popular rubbish removal company, has become known as a leader in sustainability. At the heart of this is the dedication shown by Daniel Long, the co-founder and leader of Clearabee, to supporting community projects that divert rubbish from landfills. Community gardens, and similar community growing groups, are among the best examples of this.
To help spread this positive news and goodwill, please share your Instagram photos, links to your Pininterest pages, tweets, liks to blog posts, and Facebook posts about how rubbish removal is used in community gardens and diverted from landfills. Let’s make the good karma of these community projects go viral!