Sustain has published a new guide to support councils to incorporate edible gardens into parks as a way to tackle social isolation, poor health and diet and childhood obesity.
The guide, co-written with Sustain member Shared Assets, builds on their experience in this area and shows councils not only the many benefits of using parks for food growing, but the different options for working with their local communities to manage these sites.The production of the guide is timely as councils, struggling with budget cuts, are looking for new ways of working and to find ways to use their public assets to meet a wider agenda. The guide covers:
“The messages and conversations food growing can create are critical not only to people’s personal diet, but also to wider agenda about where our food comes from and how best to support farmers to manage our rural landscape productively. Community food growing in parks makes the food message accessible and builds engagement with local communities, who can be a park managers’ best allies.” Commented Gillian Morgan, Sustain’s Planning lead and one of the authors of the document.
The guide is based on the experiences of the team at Sustain over the last 10 years running Capital Growth network in London and the national Growing Health Campaign, as well as the work of Shared Assets on land based economies. It shows food growing in parks is not a one size fits all solution; there are many different ways of setting and up running including traditional council led approaches, as well as partnerships or in some cases community leadership.
Growing Health: Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, which is funded by the Tudor Trust, to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for a range of individuals and population groups.
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