Archive of: 2021
We first started donating nut trees to community gardens in 2020 as a way to off-set the carbon foot-print involved in importing tagua nuts from Ecuador – our first trees were panted last autumn. Well, with the planting season upon us, we have been back in touch with our supplier (Kentish Cobnuts) and have donated two more nut trees to keep the momentum going. Indeed, a cobnut tree is on its way to a community garden at Chinnor in south Oxfordshire, while another walnut tree is being planted in the garden of a community shop in Bledington, Gloucestershire. The great thing is that once the tree is producing nuts, they will be on-sale in the shop. How about that for zero-food miles? Many more donations to come – so, please do let us know if you have any suggestions as to worthy possible recipients. We’d love to hear from you.
Museum of Economic Botany
The Museum of Economic Botany, set within The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, was first established in 1847 as a ‘public repository for all kinds of useful and curious vegetable products’. In truth, it is a collection of over 95,000 objects which are made or derived from plants! The variety is unimaginable and includes not just foodstuffs, but materials for building, dyeing, writing, medicine, clothing and, now, buttons! By donating some Corozo buttons to the collection, we have just added a new dimension to the story. There are now a tiny part of the wonders we, as humans, harvest from plants grown around the world.