- Apples are one of the most widely grown tree fruit.
- Millions of tonnes of apples are grown every year.
- There are thousands of different varieties of apples including Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady and Granny Smith.
- Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 accidentally after a chance seedling grown by a woman named Maria Ann Smith.
- While most apples are eaten fresh, they have other uses including juice making and cooking.
Do you want to have fun, make new friends, be active in your community - all while saving the planet? Then come and join us! We're part of the Transition Town movement in which communities are making the transition from oil dependence to a more sustainable future.
Why? Because the way we heat our homes, get around, and everything we eat, wear and use - all depend on energy from fossil fuels. Not only are these going to run out, but burning them is creating lethal climate change, and the rising cost of extracting them is creating economic crisis.
We need to change the way we live. Above all we need to build strong communities that can respond creatively to the challenges, and enjoy the fun and friendship of working together.
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We aim to increase local resilience and sustainability and to reduce our carbon footprint. We're divided into groups which address these aims in different ways:
FOOD AND GROWING produces more of our food locally and encourages our shops and restaurants to provide sustainably sourced food.
THE FOOD MARKET brings locally sourced, low-carbon food to Crystal Palace.
ENERGY reduces the amount of energy we use and encourages the generation and use of renewable energy.
WASTE encourages creative waste reduction, recycling and upcycling.
TRANSPORT promotes low-carbon ways of getting to and around Crystal Palace.
LOCAL AND FAIR supports the local economy and encourages local traders to stock, and people to buy, goods that are produced locally, sustainably and fairly.
Each group runs different projects - check them out!