Now, I always knew that trees were good for the environment – but I was interested to see the sign above at Leeds City Museum this afternoon.

In the city centre, the museums and galleries are free to enter and the city museum happens to be in a handy position en route to the shops. I did in fact mostly need to wash my hands after being up at the allotment but inevitably we had a little look around our favourite bits. And the new exhibits, including the above.

My fingers might be aching after three hours on the plot, but the onions, spring onions, rainbow chard, mangetout and turnips that I sowed/planted today might not only feed us, they could be giving us better air, too.

I also noticed a positive development with the onions planted around Christmas time. Having been so transfixed with ground clearance, these had been under the radar. However, I am so pleased they are shooting away. I just hope the parsnips and spinach that were also in already appear soon.

© Helen Butt, March 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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