One of the community projects we are involved in is a project to reclaim patches of waste land around the neighbourhood and plant them up for local food production.
Some of the patches of waste land are pretty vast, because a number of years ago now the council compulsorily purchased whole blocks of houses and demolished them to make way for a new development.
When the oil price spiked in 2008 and the world economy went into recession, people stopped buying houses and so the developer hasn’t had the confidence to actually start building yet.
Personally I doubt that the houses will ever be built, and our local community group has got permission to install some temporary raised beds on one of the plots.
What I am hoping is that when it becomes obvious that this isn’t just any ordinary recession, and the houses will never be built, we will be able to extend the local food scheme to the remaining plots!