NB I've left this post on for interest's sake, but sadly the Allotment Forestry website has disappeared and I haven't been able to track it down at a different address.
As Spring tickles our fancies, you’re probably itching to get out into the garden and do something, not just clearing and digging and sowing, but A Project. And there are certainly plenty of ideas on the web.
One site offering interesting ideas is Allotment Forestry a term originally coined to describe the small-scale growing of beanpoles, but which now encompasses the growing, management and use of 'micro' woodlands—individual trees, hedges and small woodlands—to produce all types of wood products. As the site says:
"A sad fact of gardening in Britain today is that it is easier to buy a Chinese ‘twig’, in the form of bamboo, than a locally grown hazel ‘twig’ to support runner beans. Our individual actions as gardeners may seem small and insignificant but cumulatively they have a massive power to do good or harm."
It also points out that we have, in our consumer culture, overcome any shame we felt in not being able to do simple tasks and have become increasingly dependent on the garden centre, instead of using what is growing around us.