Judy Wilkinson: Ben Okri, the power of individual actions and Climate Emergency
Allotments campaigner Judy Wilkinson reflects on CommonSpace’s 30 May Forum on Climate Emergency via the poet Ben Okri
AT THE CommonSpace discussion on Thursday I read Ben Okri’s poem that starts: ‘They tell me that the world is rich with terror.’
Judy Wilkinson: Don't forget the ecological dimension of the mental health crisis
Judy Wilkinson, CommonSpace columnist and allotments campaigner, contributes to our week on the mental health crisis. She argues that disconnection from nature breeds alienation, and looks at community growing as a mechanism for re-connecting people to the natural world.
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray is absolutely right in saying ‘the mental health crisis is pervasive... poor mental health is a normalised part of modern society’.
Judy Wilkinson: Grassroots structures need to be energetic and innovative, not bureaucratic
Judy Wilkinson, allotments campaigner, says grassroots organisations need a form of democracy which inspires, encourages energy and innovation, and does not get bogged down in pointless rules and bureaucracy
WE ARE in times of chaos and turmoil with fear being spread by the media, by the decisions of those in power and a general feeling of helplessness.
Judy Wilkinson: Councils are failing to give Grow Your Own allotment groups the support they need to thrive
Judy Wilkinson, allotments campaigner, says that the framework is there for local authorities to support a flourishing of allotment groups in every area, but there is not currently the impetus to make it happen
‘Demand for allotments shoots up but gardeners face 90 year waiting list’. ‘Scotland’s allotments are plotting a revolution’. ‘What would you like to do after work?’.
Judy Wilkinson: Can allotments be a disruptive force for change in Scotland?
Allotments campaigner Judy Wilkinson says there is now an opportunity to make allotments part of a movement disrupting the present to make a future where community life, healthy living, local democracy and the natural world are intertwined through the allotment in every part of Scotland
DISRUPTORS’ events are everywhere these days from Sir Richard Branson on energy disruptors in Calgary, to RBCDisruptors to CNBC list of 50 Disruptor start ups.
Judy Wilkinson: We need your help to transform the places we live in
Campaigner Judy Wilkinson says a consultation on allotment guidance highlights a bigger picture we should all care about
THE consultation on the guidance for allotments ends on 17 November. The guidance aims to help local authority officers carry out their functions under the Community Empowerment Act.