Media release 4 July 2011
More than 1000 Australians now on board the Landshare concept
The new Landshare Australia program now has more than 1000 people and community groups registered to share the growing experience.
“More and more people are embracing the concept of sharing their space and their time to produce locally grown food. We’re delighted that more than a thousand are now on board to do this via our social networking service Landshare Australia, “ says gardening guru, Phil Dudman one of the founders of Landshare Australia. “And the numbers just continue to grow”.
Landshare Australia is an online community that introduces people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables but with nowhere to do it, with people who have spare land and willing to share.
“ Not only individuals, but community gardening groups, schools, councils and restaurants have registered on the site, not only to share land to grow but to share information, ideas, and even equipment,” says Phil. “They are all embracing the need for growing locally and healthy eating which is fantastic.”
They range of listings varies as these recent examples reveal….
‘A single mum who is busy but has a large back yard seeks someone who can garden, manage and run the garden to provide organic veggies and fruit for us to share!’ Land Offered in Vaucluse, Sydney
‘Seeking interest from landowners in north and northwest Tasmania who may have a couple of acres or more of land with the potential to be used by humanitarian refugees (and locals) to create community farm enterprises or market garden and skills development opportunities.’ Land Wanted, Tasmania
‘I currently have a plot at a community garden, but would love some more space to grow in. Maybe you have a space that needs clearing out, and someone to maintain it?’, Land Wanted by ‘frustrated apartment dweller’, Sydney
Registrations are coming from all over Australia, both in cities and regional areas.
“As expected, there is lots of interest in the cities from
people wanting to grow their own with no space to do it, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. And we are noticing that there are people with land in regional areas more than willing to provide it for growing, even on a commercial scale.”
The Landshare Australia website shows at a glance via a map of Australia all the registrant locations, enabling people to directly connect with others in their town or neighbourhood.
“We’re confident that gardeners and landowners are getting together across Australia, but they’re not telling us at the moment – they’re just getting on with it. If you have match and are active Landsharers, let us know!” says Phil.
The site has also generated information sharing and Phil reports that it is being used to post information such as growing advice and upcoming workshops on a wide range of activities from balcony gardening to permaculture.
“The Landshare Australia site is already fulfilling one of our clear aims, that apart from being a grow your own matchmaking service, it also allows members to chat with other growers, get the very best growing advice from our veg doctors and download ‘how to’ guides from the site,” says Phil. And membership to Landshare Australia is free.
Landshare Australia is based upon the hugely successful Landshare UK website launched last year by celebrity chef and ethical food warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage). The UK site is booming with over 62,000 growers, landowners and helpers registered to date and still growing. The UK team are also advising on the development of the Australian site and have recently launched the initiative in Canada.
Landowners and would be gardeners and helpers can register at www.landshareaustralia.com.au There is also a video on Youtube – just search Landshare Australia