ePetition details

Plant more edible plants

We the undersigned petition the council to (1000 characters): More edible plants need to be planted over our city. Whether in parks, streets, churches or businesses. There is no excuse why more food is not available to those who need it. Free edible food will make the city look nicer, improve pollution, help wildlife and generally help peoples mental health. So why is it not already being done?

A Starter Landscape Upgrade for Portsmouth (ASLU;P) is a social enterprise to help get people out of their homes and back in the fresh air of the outdoors.
With the intention of acquiring local unused land. Then with the help of various groups, upgrading those unused areas into plantations of free food.
This free food can then either be collected and distributed to those who want it, collected so that the people involved can have a party or even be left till it is needed.

This ePetition ran from 30/07/2019 to 10/09/2019 and has now finished.

One person signed this ePetition.

Council response

From a Local Plan/planning policy perspective, PCC are focused upon protecting those spaces for food growing that already exist in the city in the form of allotments, as well as encouraging more green infrastructure in new development which is designed to offer multiple benefits including the opportunities for informal food growing:
- Allotments are an important space for food growing and the city and these are protected through the Local Plan's green infrastructure policy at present as an important open space within the wider green infrastructure network (this will continue to be the case in the new Local Plan). AN assessment of the current condition of the city's allotments was undertaken as part of the evidence base supporting the Local Plan; this can be found in the open spaces assessment.
- In a general sense, the green infrastructure policy of the new Local Plan is being drafted in a way that encourages greater "multi-functionality" of green assets in the city. This means that green infrastructure should be designed in a way that can offer multiple benefits to residents such as improving biodiversity, contributing to physical/mental health, adapting to climate change. Incorporating green infrastructure that can contribute to locally sourced food is one of these objectives that will be highlighted.

Beyond planning the community allotment is a council project that has been running since 2002 and has made an important contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of many Portsmouth residents.
Details of community allotment schemes are available here: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/health-and-care/health/growing-food

PCC supports and encourages community projects such as the Cornwallis Crescent Community Orchard, Charles Dickens Community Orchards - a series of linear community orchards along the famous Charles Dickens Trail, Hilsea Fruiting Hedge at Rugby Camp public open space and Southsea Green at Eastern Parade.