Evidence type: Delivery
The Capital Growth campaign offers practical advice and support to communities around London, helping people get access to land and create successful food growing spaces. In the initial phase of Capital Growth (November '08-March '09) financial support was offered to 70 new London food growing spaces and in-kind support to a further 25 new spaces. These spaces represent a diverse range of communities, boroughs and sizes of growing space.
The following statistics come from the London Food Strategy.
- 30,000 people in London rent allotments to grow vegetables and fruit, and 14% of households grow vegetables in their garden.
- There is a shortage of allotments in all the Inner London Boroughs, with waiting lists sometimes decades long.
Edible Islington - small grant of between 200-3,000 pounds.
ANY of the other 33 boroughs of Greater London - small grant of between 200-1,500 pounds.
East London - revenue grant of about 1,000 pounds.
Support is on offer to any schools who want to create a new food growing space (this includes any food growing space started since the beginning of 2009) or who wish to expand an existing growing space.
Case study: Trafalgar Infant School
Trafalgar Infant School in Twickenham became a Capital Growth space in July 2009. The school had just received a fantastic addition to their existing growing space - an allotment with raised beds, shed and tools, which the children won in a competition run by School Food Matters.
Most of the gardening takes place during lesson time and each class tends to their own raised bed. Teachers, pupils and playground supervisors help out with the maintenance of the growing spaces, and the school has started a compost heap.
The school is looking to involve local allotment holders to help train school staff and pupils, and plan to use the produce from their growing space in their school kitchen. For more information about this and other growing spaces go to: www.schoolfoodmatters.com/growingideas
Funded by the Lottery, Local Food and the Mayor of London, and a project of London Food Link and Sustain