Posts Tagged ‘France’

Hello everyone, welcome to 2017!!

I have been on an overseas trip for a while so haven’t been able to post anything until now, this post is to thank those who visit the site whether regularly or first timers. The US and UK are practically the two always on top of my ”countries” list so today I will be mentioning number 3 right through to number 10 in the following order with the leading country’s flag added to the post (I will try make the effort to do this every month) Would you like to see your countries flag on this article in the coming months ahead? Then help share some of my posts and blog on your social media!:

The top country’s for visitor stats in December 2016 are (#1 USA and #2 UK) then :

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Australia, December 2016 3rd highest visitor

Australia, Philippines, Canada, Thailand, Irealand, Turkey, Malaysia and France

People in these countries have sought out information relating to sustainable living not only Permaculture but many related topics, methods and solutions and this makes me have more faith as time goes by.

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This blog is not marketed in any way, I do not use social media or make any money from advertising (wordpress does add adverts to my blog because I have a free account, I cannot disable these ads), seeing how many people still organically find my posts online through searching shows that here are people who go through results pages and not only click on the first link or two on page one!

IF you do find any of my posts and information shared here to be of a good quality or helpful to others then please do share it to whomever you like using whichever social media you like, again, I do not use social media to promote this blog (mostly out of lazyness) but could use your help if you would like to help out, I do this in my spare time and only do it with the good intent of education and documenting my own Permaculture learning journey.

Also, I like interaction here, hence why I have made sure that you can comment on Any Post even if you do not have an account on Discus or WordPress etc, you can comment as a guest.

See you in the next post and happy 2017 so far! …

Allotments in Europe can best be described to those in other parts of the world as similar to community gardens, with the emphasis on that each individual gets a designated plot (if available) to grow primarily, healthy food for themselves and family.
This is not restricted to food growing, at least not in the UK that I am aware of, I have seen plots dedicated almost 100% to growing certain tree / shrubs which are good for weaving and others where the owner (tenant) just wants a small shed with some kind of cooking devices, seed storage, sitting area and a kettle to make tea or coffee with a garden mostly covered in ornamental flowers and plants.

Within the UK, interest in allotments surges during economic recessions etc. often causing dismay when people find out there is a 10 year waiting list for one in their area!


Allotment numbers in Europe are as follows (Source: allotmentphotogallery.com):

Germany 1.4 million allotments
United Kingdom 330,000
The Netherlands 240,000
Denmark 62,120
Sweden 51,000
Belgium 42,000
Austria 38,000
Switzerland  27,000
France 26,000
Finland  5,000
Norway  2,000
Malta 50

In countries like Denmark and England, allotment gardening can be traced back as far as the 1730’s, whilst the rest of Europe started joining in around the 1800’s onwards till today with Malta starting 50 allotments in April 2011. In Germany, the largest provider and user of Council / Municipal supplied allotments, the land used for the 1.4 million allotments accounts to 470 square Kilometers !

Click HERE for Quick Tour of Britain’s Best Allotment Winners Plot 2015 (Video)

Click HERE for a previous post of an Allotment site in Bristol which is managed by Mike Feingold, an old school Permaculturist (Video Tour / educational)

Bonjour!! Here is our first ”Permaculture Video / Site Tour” from France, the guy discusses what he grows in the cold climate to a TV presenter. He discusses his motivation in moving to Morvan from Paris, grafting fruit trees from Hawthorn Rootstock, Grazing animals etc. This is a good 5 minute watch for anyone who needs a better but quick understanding of Permaculture …. I’m now wondering how much rural land costs in Morvan? … 😉

( French, with English subtitles )

enjoy: