Growing own veggies to cut carbon footprint

A professional gardener has pledged to make full use of his garden to reduce his carbon footprint in the New Year.

The head gardener at the National Trust-managed Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, Glyn Jones explained that he will be using his garden to grow vegetables.

But rather than opting to grow the odd tomato or pea in his greenhouses, Mr Jones looks to be preparing to stock his kitchen with produce on a regular basis.

He told the Times: "Were trying to reduce our carbon footprint in the garden and, this year, we’re looking forward to getting a kitchen garden going.

"We’re starting with salads, beans, asparagus and herbs, which, in a few years time, will supply all the vegetables, fruit and herbs used in the kitchen."

Meanwhile, speaking to Cambridge News, secretary of the Trumpington Allotments Society Dave Fox urged those with gardens to grow their own.

He said: "Growing fresh food definitely saves you money. In fact the cost is mostly the work that you put in."