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New food growing project takes root

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21 July 2016

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A community food-growing project is being established on seven acres of previously disused land in Upper Edmonton.

A community food-growing project is being established on seven acres of previously disused land in Upper Edmonton.

London Grown Workers' Co-operative, owned by its workers, aims to convert two acres of land into a community market garden, leaving the rest of the land as wildlife habitat. The garden will provide access to locally produced food that is affordable, fresh and healthy, as well as education, training opportunities and a community space.

Pasteur Gardens, the growing site, has been left disused for twenty years and is now in the process of being developed for the local and wider community.

The project supports the Enfield 2020 sustainability programme, encouraging healthy eating and wildlife, whilst also providing an opportunity for the community to participate and learn new skills.

London Grown is working with Enfield Mental Health Users' Group (EMU) to run public volunteer sessions. The sessions will involve infrastructural work on site, preparing the ground for planting, growing and maintaining crops and harvesting produce.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration & Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said "This great scheme will see local people using a previously disused space to plant fruit trees, open organic plots and community gardens, and build up an impressive workforce of local volunteers who are determined to help create a wonderful urban space for everyone to enjoy.

"This project is about healthy choices for everyone, people getting out into the fresh air and growing good food locally, closely involving local residents to ensure its success."

To find out more and get involved, visit them on Facebook or email London Grown. You can also contact them on 07784 946 798.