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Community Food Growing

Local Food Community Food Growing

Local Food, another food growing programme, started in January 2012 and is funded for 3 years by the Big Lottery.  Whereas Cultivate is borough-wide, Local Food concentrates on specific areas in Accrington, namely Meadoway and Woodnook.  Already, the programme is proving very successful in terms of the number of people and groups attending training events and learning about growing food.  The programme also includes the renovation of extensive work on both allotment sites including community spaces where growers can come and grow together.

Looking backwards to 2012

By Ian Hodgson - Community Food Growing Officer

Email: ian.hodgson@prospectsfoundation.org.uk

Tel: 01254 230348 Extension 204

In December, Ian thought it was time for a quick look back at what had been achieved in 2012.

Volunteer Group - One Planet Planters:
Made up of local residents as well as people referred by Community Re-Start [a mental health support initiative] here is a snap-shot of just a few of the sessions:
 
January
  • Shifting horse manure from councillor Tony Dobson's farm for Manchester road, Alice garden [Incredible Edibles project] and Sandy Lane food growing groups
 
February
  • Mark leads a raised bed construction workshop at Manchester Road - the bed in question ends up in Norden high school, Rishton a few weeks later
  • We helped St Christopher's school plan their brand new polytunnel food growing space - lots of measuring and pacing
  • Constructing raised beds on Rishton railway station for food growing at the request of Rishton Prospects panel
 
March
 
  • We dig over a partially sightend lady's plot on Dill Hall Lane so she can better begin to grow her own food
  • The Allotment Project - Accrington Market Hall - having persuaded Pennine Arts to locate this project in Accrington, we helped to give plants away to market customers and to produce a display and give away food growing information
  • Belfield Road Community Garden get paving stones laid in their polytunnel thanks to the group
 
April
  • Clearing overgrown beds on Huncoat Allotments for local primary school and children's centre - here we were featured in the local paper
 
May
  • Fruit hedge planting on Woodnook allotments communtiy plot
 
June
  • Inspirational visit to Highercroft's Gro Zone in Blackburn
 
July
  • Helping to clear overgrown allotment for the Stroke  Association on Meadoway allotment
  • Hollins College - moving plants from allotment to school grounds
  • Oswaldtwistle Station - planting up platform beds with beetroots and fennel
 
August
  • Woodnook community plot digging beds in preparation for four week organic food growing course
  • Woodnook community plot - filling up training beds with soil and compost
  • ACCROSS College training session - Level 1 Health and Wellbeing course
  • Accrington Station harvest and donation of One Planet harvest to homeless charity C.L.M.I. and harvest at Manchester Road - once more we ended up in the papers for this
 
September
  • Accrington Station - rhubarb moved, green manure and turnips sowed
  • One Planet Shop - beds tidies
  • ACCROSS polytunnel - onion sets planted, other veg watered
 
October
  • Inspirational visit to Pennine Community Farm in Burnley for Inward House and One Planet Planters
  • Work days weeding beds, adding compost and membrane to growing beds
 
Not bad for half a dozen [and others who join in from time to time] people who meet up one once a week!

 

Click the links below to view just some of the projects I have worked on so far;

Gatty Park Food Growing Project

Hyndburn Resource Centre

Meadoway Allotments

Tinker Brook Tree Nursery

Worden Park - The Walled Garden

Belfield/Rothwell Gardening Project