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Capital Growth Edible Open Gardens Day

UK’s largest Edible Open Gardens Day offers glimpse of city's 'food-farms'

Fourty Five of London’s community food-growing gardens will be throwing open their gates to the public in September - the largest opening of food growing spaces on a single day for any one city in the UK.
 
On Saturday, 3 September 2011, the gardens are inviting Londoners to explore their neighbourhood growing spaces. The spaces are all members of the Capital Growth campaign to support 2012 community food-growing spaces by the end of 2012. Many are putting on activities such as garden tours, talks, and games, as well as selling garden produce, homemade food and barbeques. 
 
A number of East End housing estates with vibrant food-growing spaces will also be part of a guided walking tour on the day, plus there are details of cycle routes available so people can hop on a bike to experience the incredible variety of spaces on show across the city.
 
Capital Growth was launched in 2008 by the Mayor of London and Rosie Boycott, the chair of London Food, to offer practical and some financial support to boost ‘grow your own ‘in the capital. The Mayor announced recently that there are more than 1050 spaces up and running involving 35,000 green fingered volunteers.

Sites that will be open include Cultivate London who transformed areas of derelict land into productive spaces, generating both training opportunities and jobs for unemployed young people. Mind in Haringey will also be open to showcase how they have changed an overgrown strip of land into a thriving community allotment, supporting their members as part of their recovering from mental health problems.
 
This year has also seen the launch of a bee campaign, which promotes urban beekeeping across London, as part of Capital Growth. Many sites, such as the Secret Orchard in Lewisham and North Brick Lane Gardeners in Tower Hamlets, now have bee hives and will be selling their excellent urban honey at their open days.  
 
When: Saturday, 3rd September, 2011
 
Where: Any one of the 45 community food growing spaces in the following Boroughs: Camden, City of London, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.

Cost: Free!

For further information go to http://www.capitalgrowth.org/opengardens/ or contact  Sarah Williams on 020 7837 1228 /sarah@sustainweb.org

 

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