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PLANT PLAN: Gardener on a mission to help Abbots Langley become self-sufficient

 Published on: 25th August 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A local resident has been planting edible plants all around Abbots Langley in a bid to help villagers be more self-sufficient.

Inspired by Abbots in Transition, a group working to make the village a more sustainable place to live, Chris Whately-Smith has planted a variety of vegetables in the local area, including yellow courgettes in a trough on Old Mill Road.

Chris is a supporter of the global transition town movement, which aims to make local towns and villages more self-sufficient in a bid to reduce environmental harm.

He explained: “I have been planting that trough for many years, inspired by Abbots in Transition.

“The trough was moved to its current location decades ago. It had become overgrown. As it’s a solid trough, it gets waterlogged in winter, so it can only be planted in summer.

“I usually plant annuals, but this year I thought, why not take it back to the original transition town idea to plant edible plants?

“So, you might find tomatoes, fig trees, blackcurrants and other fruits/vegetables in a few places around here.”

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