Plant and tree solutions
"The Whole Earth is the True human Body" – Dogen Zenji
We know that the kingdom of plants contains so many of the answers to the problems we face and that a great deal of innovation comes from the study of plants. "Unbelievably, of the roughly 265,000 species of plant that we now know exist, around 40,000 are estimated to have medicinal or nutritional applications for humans, yet only 1100 have been properly studied and even less than this are in practical use." (Thakera, 2009)
We see the alarming rainforest destruction happening around the world as a symptom of a disconnected people, who have forgotten the value of the plant world that makes their existence possible. Many health problems in all areas (society, economy, ecology) would be alleviated if people reconnected with plants through a growing culture. It is a grave failure that the study of plants (as their own kingdom), from Botany to Horticulture and Agronomy, is not part of our education curriculum in the U.K.
The way we see it, if we can have a fast food restaurant on every street corner then we can have this many gardens too. We can create gardens everywhere using the nutrient flows (compostable materials) that we are currently wasting. These gardens can grow lots of what we need, from food to medicine and building materials, whilst providing beauty and environmental health at the same time. We plan to build our drinks business upon these edible landscapes, in the future selling the drinks, with the appropriate scale equipment to make and supply them, alongside the plants to be grown locally and provide a legacy for Old Tree and future generations.