Magazine article New Internationalist

A Site for Sore Eyes

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Site for Sore Eyes

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Growing vegetables should not only be a privilege open to country dwellers and people lucky enough to have their own back garden. Spare land is hard to come by in urban areas, yet often workplaces are surrounded by lawns and shrub-filled beds. Grounds maintenance can be a drain on company resources as lawns must be mowed and shrubs pruned - or they may be neglected entirely. New workplace designs often include worker-friendly green space, but that doesn't mean that established sites can't be adapted to provide workers with gardens and allotments that can be tended during breaks and after work.

Employers could see the project as part of an active programme to encourage physical and mental wellbeing, staff cohesion and improved communication. The starting point should be a proposal covering everything from insurance (the cost of an extension to an existing policy is minimal) and health and safety issues, to how the plots would be allocated. Setting up could be treated as an ongoing team-building project, as expertise and crops are shared among colleagues. …

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