"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
"Make hay while the sun shines"
"You can't work on an empty stomach"
"We reap what we sow"
"Let nature take its course"
"Waste not want not", "A stitch in time saves nine"
"Can't see the woods for the trees"
"Many hands make light work"
"The bigger they are the harder they fall", "Slow and steady wins the race"
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"
"Dont' think you are on the right track just because it is a well beaten path"
"Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be"
This is a hidden, half acre strip of land at the back of our Alara factory site, adjacent to the high speed railway track from St Pancras Station. We started it in 2004, working with a local youth charity called Jubilee Waterside Centre. Since that date we have also planted, on other areas of the factory site, a vineyard and a community food growing space used by minority ethnic groups from the borough. We are also working on plans to build an anaerobic digester in partnership with another local business. The forest garden is very much part of our company ethos. Staff are encouraged to work in and enjoy the garden, taking time off from the production line. Local people are welcome to enjoy the space. A local beekeeper keeps his hives in the garden; we scythe the grass in our lunch breaks. We have wormeries and a compost bin. We estimate that the garden has the potential to sequester about 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Plants include Japanese Plum, Yew, Japanese Dogwood, Mulberry, Pineapple Guava and Pomegranate. Our vision for the site is to develop it as an educational space to teach people about the principals and potential of permaculture, healthy eating, food miles and the importance of food growing in tackling the issues of global warming and peak oil. Alara Wholefoods Ltd is a company, established 1975, that produces organic muesli. We have a reputation for a sustainable approach to business, and won the Camden Eco Award in 2009 amongst other accolades. Our managing director Alex Smith advises mayor Boris Johnson on sustainability issues.
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