Applying for £1,000's and hundreds of trees

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A huge part of establishing ourselves as a fledgling NGO, and being able to do the work we do, is to reel off funding applications.

And there are some really exciting ones we’ve just signed, sealed and delivered (read: applied for!)

The first is the Woodland Trust’s free trees for schools and communities. We’ve applied for a large wild harvest of 420 saplings, which - if successful - will be delivered by 2019 and be used to start the Shepton Mallet community food forest.

We’re also looking into applying for Tesco Bags of Help – the community grant scheme funded by the 5p bag levy. If selected to come into store for customers to vote, we would receive at least £1,000. The second project would receive upto £2,000 and the first project gets up to £4,000!

There’s also the possibility of us coming into store and raising awareness of our project – so do watch out for us in Shepton Mallet Tesco, and come say hello. :-)

In the immediate term, we’re in the middle of funding timber post, rail and wire fencing for the plot - if you are interested in supporting this project, please follow our Go Fund Me page link. We’re already overwhelmed by the generosity received and would like to thank those who have donated.

Please stay tuned to follow the progress of the project on the blog and on our projects page.

Announcing our new community project in Shepton Mallet

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Exciting news: we are about to embark on a food forest project in Shepton Mallet, Somerset!

 

The plot needs fencing off with timber post, rail and wire fencing, and - as a small non-profit that relies completely on the generosity of individuals that share our values – we’ve started a crowdfunding campaign for the materials required to build our fence. 

 

In just seven days, we’ve raised £350 out of our £1,000 target. This is not only donations from friends and family but also from members of the community who would value such a local initiative, and those who support such practices at large.

 

Next month our funding page will also go in Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine.     

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In October we shall be, depending on funding, just starting to put the fencing up and having signage made.

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In the meantime, check it out on GoFundMe, and we thank you in advance for any support that you may be able to give.

 Please stay tuned to follow the progress of the project on the blog and on our projects page.

The Food Forest Project

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The Food Forest Project (TFFP) was set up by a group of individuals that felt moved by the plight of the natural landscape, and the people linked to that landscape. As an organisation, it seeks to combat issues such as loneliness within communities, habitat depletion, accessibility of locally sourced, organic food and to help to heal intensively farmed agricultural land.  At the heart of the FFP, is our strategic plan (please see ‘Mission’). We want to help bring communities together by creating community hubs in the shape of food forests, that can not only restore failing landscapes, but also restore the connectivity with our neighbours; to make whole what we all lack in this world of disconnect – relationships. Relationships with ourselves, by giving a sense of purpose and self-respect, relationship with the communities we live in by bringing people together to work on projects for each other, and the relationship we have with our natural world by reinvigorating a sense of respect for the living world around us. 

 The Food Forest Project sets out to rehabilitate intensively used agricultural and industrial land by planting food forests. Food Forests, or Forest Gardens as they are more commonly known in  the UK, are a form of sustainable agriculture, or 'agro-forestry.' Typically made up of seven layers of food producing vegetation, from canopy layer through to the ground and root layer, they are self-regulating ecosystems that after an initial period of tending can be left to produce many different types of fruit, nut, herbs and vegetables without the need for use of pesticides or any other inorganic chemical compounds. 

Food Forests have a variety of wide ranging benefits to people and place, from habitat creation to carbon capture, further explained within the Food Forest Project website.

The Food Forest Project will be working in partnership with local land owners and farmers, local communities, local authorities, schools and food producers to help educate about the need for a healthy landscape in food production, and about the future benefits of permacultural practice. 

Each of these different layers is not only producing food for our consumption, but food and habitat for wildlife. The reason no chemical pesticides are required in our food forests, is that each layer has a predator that eats the insects that may harm the crops. Further more, as the wildlife within the forest defecate they spread more seeds and fertilise the ground bolstering the rotting vegetation to create healthy soil, and a self-sustaining ecosystem or renewal and regeneration. The forest looks after itself, producing more or less with the abundance of each integral part. 

Each of these different layers is not only producing food for our consumption, but food and habitat for wildlife. The reason no chemical pesticides are required in our food forests, is that each layer has a predator that eats the insects that may harm the crops. Further more, as the wildlife within the forest defecate they spread more seeds and fertilise the ground bolstering the rotting vegetation to create healthy soil, and a self-sustaining ecosystem or renewal and regeneration. The forest looks after itself, producing more or less with the abundance of each integral part. 

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Our projects are all self funded, and use volunteers from the local communities to plant the food forests and maintain them whilst they grow. Become a member today, or make a one off donation, and be part of a special movement. In becoming a member, you will receive a members card, and regular updates (should you wish it) about our work, and have a tree of your request dedicated to you or a loved one. One off donations will go towards parcels of disused land, and the resources necessary for us to build the forests.

For more information or just to say hello we would love to hear from you. Please drop us a message here.