The edible autumn open day, Urban Harvest has been running since 2010 and is organised through London's food growing network, Capital Growth which helps over 3100 edible gardens and demonstrates how much food is being grown within London’s urban gardens.
Between 19 September and 6 October, 25 gardens across London opened their doors to more than 1,500 volunteers and members of the public for Capital Growth’s 10th annual Urban Harvest.
The gardens celebrated the variety of food grown in urban areas through a range of harvest activities, hands-on workshops and tours. Over 33 events were held and festivities included:
- A FungiFest at Rainbow Grow in Hackney which included an urban mushroom growing session and mushroom buffet.
- Bonny Downs Food Growing Project harvested a range of fruit and vegetables and sowed their seeds for winter.
- Apple Days were held at both Broomfield Community Orchard and MindFood in Ealing.
- Hackney Herbal celebrated the autumn equinox with nature-based craft, herbal drinks and teas made from the harvest of urban herbs.
- Regents Park Allotment Garden held their annual harvest party where visitors enjoyed fresh apple juice and pizza, live music, garden competitions and plenty of goodies for sale.
Gardens across the capital received a surge of new visitors during the Urban Harvest with over half of those who attended never having visited the garden before. Such a high turnout was welcomed by the gardens and Rainbow Grow say that opening their doors for the Urban Harvest is “really nice” as you “have new people visit the garden who otherwise would not have been there”. The Community Plot at Whetstone Stray Allotment explain that their vegetable harvest and soup sharing event enabled everyone to learn that “veg they might throw away is tasty and good”.
Capital Growth ran a range of competitions throughout the Urban Harvest and received a range of fabulous entries. The winner of the Best Photo competition was The Community Garden at Christchurch Primary School.
Snaresbrook Primary School beat out the competition to win the Heaviest Pumpkin competition, and Maryon Park Community Garden’s Family Forest School workshop won them the Most Enterprising Activity competition. Check out our Twitter page for more photos of the winners.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this year's Urban Harvest!
23 Oct 2019
Capital Growth: The Capital Growth campaign, run by Sustain's London Food Link offers practical and financial support to communities around London to help more people grow more food, and to have greater access to land and growing spaces for community benefit. The Capital Bee project, part of Capital Growth, seeks pledges to promote bee-friendly behaviour, and supports establishment of community beehives.
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