TV’s Richard Briers and Alys Fowler help Garden Organic to plant allotment on proposed Heathrow runway site
of Heathrow airport.
(11 May) by planting an allotment on the proposed runway site.
now owned by 45,000 of its members including Emma Thompson, Zac Goldsmith and
land which has been ear marked as the site for a third runway.
a selection of vegetables from the Heritage Seed Library.
the Cox’s Orange Pippin apple, who is buried in the village churchyard and whose
grave may have to be exhumed if the runway plans go ahead.
fruit and vegetables to the villagers who face their homes being bulldozed if
plans for a runway are approved.
a runway carrot once a year to every member of the cabinet. I’m hoping they’ll
become so attached to them that they’ll drop their plans for Heathrow expansion.
It’s always best to reach for the carrot rather than the stick.”
a cleaner, greener more pleasant place to be. Grow something you can eat or drink
â€” a simple mint tea, a salad, your own cucumber for a sandwich and you will not
only taste something mind blowing, but you’ll lighten your footprint in the nicest
plans is not due until 2012.
runway but that is actually a very short term view. We have always taken the
view that growing your own food is about helping the environment as well as being
beans and carrots. The collection is made up of lines which are no longer commercially
available and is maintained by the charity.
will not only prevent carbon expansion but will reduce the villages carbon footprint.
in November but did not want it to go to waste.
not be built. The whole country is against this ridiculous plan, and tired of
a government that lectures them on doing their bit for the environment, and then
turns around to support huge carbon-intensive infrastructure. The Government needs
to get out of bed with the aviation industry and listen to the scientists, voters
and businesses that understand that Heathrow expansion has no place within a low-carbon
Don, who said: “The plan for a third runway at Heathrow is institutionalised
madness and I wish Richard and the community of Sipson the best of luck in their
Greenpeace Posted by Christian on 12 May 2009.
a garden that the climate is already changing, and things are set to get even
worse, so why make Heathrow the biggest single emitter of CO2 in the country?”
– Richard Briers
some expert advice. And who better to turn to than the man who brought allotments
to the attention of millions in 70s TV sensation The Good Life, and organic gardening
supremos Garden Organic?
spade and started digging up the land earmarked by Gordon Brown for the construction
of a new runway at Heathrow airport.
on the plot – they want to send vegetables to every member of the cabinet, in
the hope that they’ll enjoy them so much they’ll ditch their plans for a third
local community. Unless of course, BAA and the government get their way and a
new runway tarmacs over the allotment and the local community with it. But with
businesses, environmentalists, gardeners and celebrities joining the tens of thousands
of people who’ve signed up to the Airplot, that’s never going to happen, because
we own their runway and they’re not getting it back!
of the allotment land we’ll be able to stand together against Gordon’s Brown’s
silly idea, armed with root vegetables and the knowledge that we’re right and
– has officially come out against a third runway at Heathrow by signing up to
Greenpeace’s Airplot campaign
The Gurkhas have Joanna Lumley. The “Time to Change” mental health campaign has
Stephen Fry. And the Alzheimer’s Society has Terry Pratchett.
of the British public, the No Third Runway campaign, which is battling against
the expansionist plans of Heathrow’s owners, has now decided to roll its biggest
gun yet onto the field of battle – Richard Briers.
runway being built once and for all. Today, Briers – who played the effervescent,
if somewhat hapless, Tom Good in the BBC’s 1970s sitcom The Good Life – officially
came out in support of the anti-expansionists by signing up to Greenpeace’s Airplot
campaign which aims to build and maintain an allotment slap bang in the middle
of the proposed site for the runway.
to grow some vegetables. It says it wants to create a “legal block against any
planning applications or attempts to buy the land, and if necessary physically
blocking construction – standing with the people of Sipson, whose 700 homes would
be flattened to build the runway, to stop the bulldozers”.
carrots – he intends to send some of the vegetables to every member of the cabinet
– and he joins other high-profile “Airplotters” such as Emma Thompson and Alistair
and things are set to get even worse, so why make Heathrow the biggest single
emitter of CO2 in the country? If thousands more people sign up to become beneficial
owners of the allotment land we’ll be able to stand together against Gordon’s
Brown’s silly idea, armed with root vegetables and the knowledge that we’re right
and he’s wrong.”
hard to see now how the third runway is ever going to get off the ground.
leaders came out against it last week – and its political supporters are surely
for the chop in the not-too distant future with their likely replacements pledging
to scrap the plan. Perhaps common sense will prevail, after all. One even feels
that Jerry and Margo Leadbetter would now sign up to this particular cause.
Leo Hickman Tuesday 12 May 2009