Sarah Williams provides an update on Capital Growth, the London Food Link campaign to support 2,012 new community food-growing spaces by the end of 2012
The Campaign now has over 500 registered spaces – well on the way to its target, and the Capital Growth team is working hard to increase the support it provides these spaces. The team has developed a new urban food-growing training programme, now being run at space number 500, The Regent’s Park Allotment Garden. This is a new food-growing site developed by The Royal Parks, run in partnership with Capital Growth.
The garden has been designed as a training site, with a mixture of low beds, high beds and ground planting. The Capital Growth beds are maintained by volunteers, who
also help with training and events.
“The site is in a great location and to encourage lots of people to pop in we have put together a variety of activities, from kids events to ‘ask the expert sessions’,” says Amy Solomons, the site’s volunteer co-ordinator.
Training has already started: so far there have been sell-out two-and-a-half hour sessions covering seed sowing, planning a garden and composting. Future sessions include: understanding soils and soil life; winter growing/seed saving; and container growing, plus training specially designed for Capital Growth schools.
Visit www.capitalgrowth.org/training for training dates, or if you are interested in volunteering at our open days (and can commit at least one Saturday each month) contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for future recruitment.
Come visit our beautiful site in the heart of one of London’s finest parks, on the following open days:
The team is also organising discounts, competitions, and a new volunteer-matching service, making it easier to find volunteers or to get involved in a site if you are not already. Visit www.capitalgrowth.org/spaces to find out more, and don’t forget to sign up for our in-kind support if you are involved in a community food-growing project in London.
Tom Moggach and Chris Heath from City Leaf are teachers who offer food-growing training to groups and individuals, plus site assessments and project consultancy. Call 020 7485 9262 or email email@example.com. For free monthly growing tips, sign up for the City Leaf newsletter: www.cityleaf.co.uk
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