As yesterday was International Women’s Day, we wanted to (belatedly) give a shout-out to all the green goddesses out there; the wonderful women who champion the grow-your-own movement and are inspirational in their green-fingered greatness! Here are some of our favourites:
Joyce Veheary – Founder of Lend and Tend
Lend and Tend is the brainchild of actor, writer and all round wunderkind, Joyce Veheary. Matching people who want to garden (but have no land) with people who don’t garden (but do have land), Lend and Tend provides the ultimate patch-match service; a godsend in urban environments where outside space is at a premium.
Sara Jane Trebar – Founder of Save Farm Terrace
The woman who took the government to court over the threatened closure of Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford – and won – is an inspiration to allotment holders all over the country. Still as vocal as ever about the value of allotments, Sara Jane has also recently been selected as an official Labour councillor candidate for Central Watford. (You go, girl!)
Sara Ward – Co-Founder of Hen Corner
Having adopted the good life with her husband at the end of the noughties, Sara grows seasonal veg, keeps chickens and produces her own honey, all in the completely improbable surroundings of West London! Along with keeping her kitchen garden in order, she runs courses, shares recipes, and makes cider. (God love her.)
Alys Fowler – Gardener, Writer, Presenter
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Alys Fowler: horticulturalist, journalist and the woman who first inspired us to get gardening. She showed us that gardens could be edible and that urban living was no barrier to growing your own. A girl after our own hearts.
My Mum – Surprise Gardener
A keen grower of beans and tomatoes, Mum’s gardening exploits are legendary. Particularly the recent occasion she decided to grow beetroot. She wasn’t wearing her glasses at the time she bought the seeds from the garden centre, blindly planted them, fed them, watered them, and was completely baffled when her vegetable bed erupted into a bumper crop of red cabbage!
A big cheer for these and all the other women in wellies out there!