The fallout from the Icelandic volcano should make people think about growing their own fruit and vegetables says environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project.

Director of project Clare Mahdiyone said: “The grounding of aircraft bringing in food from other countries just highlights our lack of sustainability.  There is now a great opportunity for people to think about growing their own vegetables at home or on an allotment.”

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The UK imports of many kinds of foreign foods including Kenyan beans, broccoli and mangetout, Thai mangoes, Tanzanian flowers and Israeli fruit.

“We have so got used to buying all kinds of vegetables, fruit and flowers from abroad and it takes an extreme event like the volcano to highlight this. Everyone could easily grow the seasonal basics such as potatoes, tomatoes and salads in their back yard in tubs or raised beds– you don’t need a lot of space,” explained Clare. “Fresh veg taste so different when it’s home grown and doesn’t clock up air miles.

“ We hope this natural disaster will give us all food for thought and encourage people to support our local growers by ordering veg boxes or buying at farmers’ markets as well as growing some ourselves.”


Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107


Stroud Valleys Project

8 Threadneedle Street




Tel: 01453 753358


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