Archives pour la catégorie Urban Forest / Forêt urbaine

Fruit City project

Fruit City is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London. Much of the fruit we buy in the city is from far flung places like Spain, Brazil and Chile, but literally tons of fruit grows in our own fair city. Even in a concrete metropolis, nature is all around us. Don’t believe us? Where do you live? Blackberries, Mulberries, Apples, Pears, Plums,Figs, Strawberries and even some secret Kiwis. We are not saying that every Londoner can get all the fruit they need from the city streets right now and through the year, but a large load of the fruit from the trees that do bear goes to waste unpicked. What if we could get the most out of our London? Community orchards are popping up all over the city. Wouldn’t you like one in your park? Why ship a lorry of apples from Holland when they flourish in Barnet? Fruit City is not just a Map of trees, but an initiative to wake people up to the nature on their doorstep. To re-engage folks with the wild and goodness around them and to get local community orchards planted. You’ll find an extensive list of amazing initiatives and schemes that are happening now. As well as recipes and uses for fruit that you may never had thought of. How about some Camden Cherry wine?

The role of arboriculture in a healthy social ecology

In urban communities, arboriculture clearly contributes to the health of the biological ecosystem; does it contribute to the health of the social ecosystem as well? Evidence from studies in inner-city Chicago suggests so. In a 3 series of studies involving over 1,300 person-space observations, 400 interviews, housing authority records, and 2 years of police cnme reports, tree and grass cover were 3 systematically llnked to a wide range of social ecosystem indicators.

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Urban forestry in a multicultural society

The increasingly multicultural character of modern urban society creates challenges and opportunities for the urban forester. For the urban forestry strategy to respond effectively to contemporary social issues, it must include policies and programs that promote social inclusion and the involvement of disadvantaged ethnic communities. This can be accomplished through a distinct community strategy. Although the fundamental principles of community involvement still apply, their application needs to reflect the multicultural diversity of the individual city or neighborhood. The education, consultation, and participation elements of the community strategy are delivered through a wide range of events and activities specifically designed to promote social inclusion and the engagement of ethnic communities.

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Lessons Learned in the Inner City

On August 7, 2004, the USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry hosted a forum for State and local organizations to capture lessons learned over 10 years of Federal investment in inner-city communities. This publication shares the voices, experience, and expertise of individuals striving to engage community residents, catalyze a stewardship ethic, and build local capacity in some of the most challenging urban environments in America. It is our hope that readers will use this information to spark ideas, replicate success, avoid failure, and speed their own efforts in improving environmental equity, public health, economic development, and quality of life in distressed communities nationwide.

Edible Forest Gardens – an Invitation to Adventure

Picture yourself in a forest where almost everything around you is food. Mature and maturing fruit and nut trees form an open canopy, and if you look carefully you can see fruits swelling on many branches — pears, apples, persimmons, pecans, chestnuts. The shrubs that fill the gaps in the canopy bear raspberries, blueberries, currants, hazelnuts and other lesser known fruits, flowers and nuts at different times of the year. A diverse assemblage of native wildflowers, wild edibles, herbs, and perennial vegetables thickly covers the ground. You use many of these plants for food or medicine, while others attract beneficial insects, birds and butterflies, act as soil builders or simply help keep out weeds. Here and there vines climb on trees, shrubs or arbors with fruit hanging through the foliage — hardy kiwis, grapes, and passionflower fruits. In sunnier glades large stands of Jerusalem artichokes grow together with groundnut vines. These plants support one another as they store energy in their roots for later harvest and winter storage, their bright yellow and deep violet flowers enjoying the radiant warmth from the sky.

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[Livre] Edible Forest Gardens

This comprehensive two-volume book constitutes an in-depth course in ecological garden design. Written in a passionate, clear, and engaging style, it integrates the vision and ecology of forest gardening with practical design, establishment, and management strategies. While we wrote Edible Forest Gardens as an integrated whole, each volume can stand alone as valuable learning tools and references

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