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Growing your own

  In recent years, the age-old British slogan of "Make Do and Mend" and doing things yourself has started becoming more popular again. Programmes such as The Great British Bake-Off and The Great British Sewing Bee have peaked interest in home-baking and home-made clothing designs, and in the push to re-start self-sufficiency, people have started getting more inspired to get back into their gardens and allotments. Spring awakening Inspiration for green fingers is always piqued by the weather and the coming of spring, which are both finally starting to show just around the corner. The return of the nationally renowned RHS flower show beginning in April is also bound to spike interest in agriculture and gardening. In another push to get local communities back into growing their own produce, Rishton in Blackburn have just won a £12,000 grant from the local council in order to set up a local allotment or food growing area. They have been striving for this to be approved for years, and will now be able to turn a torn-down children's play area into a growing patch, with a particular focus on the younger generations: “We will be working with schools, the Brownies and places like Copperhouse to help further children and adults’ knowledge about food growing.” said councillor Harry Grayson. With industrial growth and climate change making the environment more temperamental and volatile, it is imperative that the younger generations are aware of how important taking care of the environment is, and how they can go about doing so. The plan The site will first have to be made secure and suitable for the project, and then more grants and funding can be applied for to help with the growing and supply expenses. With around half of the budget going to fences securing the area,…