As part of my internship, I was due to go and visit a youth led volunteering project to see de-carbonisation in action. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be, as we must all now stay at home. The project, when in action, is great as it provides both an activity and skills to several school children and breathes life into disused allotments. In these confusing times, we can no longer meet in groups or coordinate at public allotments, but I want to encourage you that we can still nurture our relationship with nature! 

In the past, it was common for people to grow their own food and to spend hours outside, but in recent years we have turned our back on this. The rise of the supermarkets and home entertainment has made it easier than ever for us to pass time at home, forgetting our spaces of nature literally on our doorstep. The Internet is great for maintaining communications whilst we are maintaining social distance but on the other hand, with recent focuses on climate change and mental health, a lot of us are seeing the benefit of being outside. Volunteering and conservation groups have nourished gardens and allotments for the community and the planet. As we are now limited to spending time in our own gardens, what better time to get out and show them some love! Some reasons to nurture our own gardens include: 

  • Getting fresh air
  • Planting/ watering flowers to help the bees
  • Being active
  • Growing organic veg 

It is slightly strange that so many of us rely on distant lands to provide food for us when there are so many green spaces and local farms in Wales. Living in the developed world, there are usually no food shortages. I say usually, because since the outbreak of covid-19 we are seeing a lack of not just toilet paper but of pasta, tins and all sorts of foods. One way to avoid the crowds and panic buying is to practise sustainability. The panic comes as we aren’t self-sufficient with our food and because we don’t spend much time outside or considering where it comes from. It might be good for us to try and live a little more consciously! It’s beneficial for the climate and great in a crisis. Can we shop locally, and even eat veggies from our backyards? 

Since the outbreak began, the local small shops have been many of our saviours. They have had produce when the supermarkets are left bare. For a long time, I have been trying to eat more local food and lessen my carbon emissions, but I would like to take it a step further and grow some herbs and vegetables. We don’t even have a garden, just a windowsill box! 

So today, whilst practising social distancing, why not spend some time in the garden? Not just for our own wellbeing, whilst we aren’t socialising, but also for our planets. The next time you are feeling cooped up and bored why not: 

  • Plant some herbs?
  • Water a flower?
  • Shop locally?
  • Enjoy the garden instead of taking long drives?
  • Cook something creative with all the food you’ve bought! 

There is more information on following guidance and restrictions during covid-19 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

Make sure you stay up to date with current restrictions but then, once this is over, why don’t we consider mucking in and volunteering at organic allotments?