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New briefing sets out role councils should play in supporting food growing

Sustain's new briefing, aimed at London and national councils, contains actions councils can take to support and champion food growing initiatives, alongside case studies.

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The draft briefing, entitled The Role of Councils in Community Food Growing, covers four key topics;

  1. Why councils should support food growing and provide access to land for residents, community groups and organisations. This section highlights the physical and mental health benefits for residents taking part in community food growing activities, as well as how community food growing can create safer and more environmentally sustainable communities and neighbourhoods.
  2. How councils can support food growing by:
    • Taking a cross cutting approach and including food growing in multiple planning strategies
    • Building capacity by appointing a designated officer to champion food growing and access to land
    • Increasing access to land and assets
    • Including community food growing support in planning policies and frameworks
    • Connecting with others i.e. networks like Sustain’s Capital Growth and Good to Grow
  3. A checklist of actions for self-assessment that specifically involve; planning methods, land use management, capacity building and support, as well as cross cutting departmental approaches.
  4. Case studies of London councils that are demonstrating leadership in food growing (Islington, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich Councils).

Capital Growth also hosted a webinar back in April on why and how councils can embrace opportunities that urban and peri-urban food growing presents. Listen back to the recording here.

Download The Role of Councils in Community Food Growing

We welcome feedback and suggestions about the draft briefing. Get in touch with the Capital Growth team 

Published 5 May 2021

Capital Growth: We believe everyone should have the opportunity to grow food as part of a healthy, resilient food system and we are working with our network of growers in London to make this happen.

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