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Food growing scheme


Cultivate 2015 - expressions of interest sought

Organisers are seeking expressions of interest for events as part of the curated festival programme. Proposals could be for workshops, talks, demonstrations, dinners, walks or any other ideas that celebrate local food growing initiatives and supply chains, that can take place in Waltham Forest during the festival between 20 and 29 March 2015.
You can submit an expression of interest via our online form or email as soon as possible.
More information can be found on the Cultivate website.

Are you interested in growing your own food?
Are you interested in helping create a better borough?

If yes, then you will be excited to know that Waltham Forest is launching our very own and first food growing programme, with an accompanying 10 Point Action Plan to get things moving!

Why should you get involved?

Growing your own food has a number of benefits including:

  • Saving money on buying food
  • Improving diet and Nutrition through fresh produce
  • Encouraging greater physical and leisure activities for yourself and your family
You do not have to have access to a large garden to get involved as we are creating a number of food growing spaces across the borough.
There are also many creative ways to grow indoors, on windowsills or in smaller gardens and flowerbeds.

What will we do to help?

Our aim is to become the urban food growing borough of London, so to start with we plan to:Create 100+ plots for food growing, we will also work with Registered Social Landlords, community groups and residents to create further plots
  • Where possible we are reducing the size of large allotment plots to create more food growing opportunities, making allotments more accessible to more residents
  • We will work with schools, community groups and residents to create networks that support ‘grow your own’ such as Gardenshare schemes
  • Through partnerships we will facilitate ‘grow to sell’. There will be advice around what vegetables are in demand and the Do’s and Don’ts for growing food to sell
  • We will work with partners to create access to starter kits and ongoing materials that will ‘help you grow your own’
  • We are working with our libraries to provide better access to food growing books
  • Through our partnerships we will develop training and job programmes in the re-emerging ‘local grown’ food growing and selling sector
  • Within food growing sites, we will allocate food growing plots to community groups and the Voluntary Sector, and provide food growing support at those sites
  • We also plan to promote bee keeping and adopt planting that promotes bees and other wildlife through routine and one-off planting schemes

…..and we will celebrate food growing successes.

Food growing sites

  • Oliver Road, Coronation Gardens Annexe

Please let us know if you know of any abandoned or overgrown areas of vacant land that you think might be suitable for food growing!

If you want to find out more or register for Waltham Forest Food Growing then e-mail Waltham Forest Direct at or call 020 8496 3000.

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