Growing fruit and veg on roadside verges and in city parks could feed thousands of people their five a day, according to environmental scientists. British researchers say these urban spots of land could grow enough greens for 90,000 people, or 15 per cent of a city's population. Scientists at the University of Sheffield investigated the potential for urban horticulture by mapping green spaces across the city. They found parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland cover nearly half of Sheffield - a figure that applies to other UK cities. Only one sixth of fruit and just over half of vegetables sold in the UK are grown domestically so using these spaces could improve the nation's food security. Scroll down for video
(Image: [[|]]) Growing fruit and veg in just 10 per cent of a city's gardens and other urban spaces such as parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland [[http://benglanewsreporting.bravesites.com/entries/general/momos-easy-recipe|http://benglanewsreporting.bravesites.com/entries/general/momos-easy-recipe]] could provide 15 per cent of the population with the recommended daily intake of five fruit and veg portions a day RELATED ARTICLES [[#|Previous]] [[#|1]] [[#|Next]] [[/sciencetech/article-8079307/Lettuces-grown-ISS-nutritious-grown-Earth.html| One giant leaf: Lettuces grown on board the International...]] [[/sciencetech/article-6468641/The-urban-forests-New-York-revealed-New-study-finds-city-five-MILLION-trees.html| The 'urban forests' of New York revealed: New study finds...]] [[/sciencetech/article-8099375/Rabbits-abandoning-countryside-heading-city.html| Rabbits are abandoning the countryside and heading to the...]] [[/sciencetech/article-8095073/UK-s-Tiny-Forest-planted-help-climate-nature.html| UK's first 'tiny forest' will be planted on a plot the size...]]
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'At the moment, the UK is utterly dependent on complex international supply chains for the vast majority of our fruit and half of our veg - but our research suggests there is more than enough space to grow what we need on our doorsteps,' said study lead author Dr Jill Edmondson. 'Even farming a small percentage of available land could transform the health of urban populations, enhance a city's environment and help build a more resilient food system.' Combining Sheffield's domestic gardens, allotments and suitable public green space would open up 98 square metres per person in the city for growing food.
(Image: [[|]]) Current land use within Sheffield's local authority boundary (left) and current land available and green infrastructure suitable for urban horticulture (right)
This equates to more than times the space currently used for commercial horticulture per person across the UK. <div class=„art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sciencetech“ data-version=„2“ id=„mol-14c4f110-6a15-11ea-96db-d175100147d1“ website land could provide a 15 per cent of a city's 'five a day'