Chris Collins and Rosie Boycott to launch new funding for community growing scheme

Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins and writer Rosie Boycott are to present trees to a school to highlight a new funding round of the Capital Growth campaign.

They will visit St Alfege with St Peters School in Greenwich this Thursday, 27 September, to present 10 plum, cherry, apple and pear trees as part of Capital Growth, the London campaign to create 2,012 community growing spaces by the year’s end.

The project, supported by the Mayor of London and Local Food Fund, a programme that distributes lottery grants to food-related projects, has attracted 1,900 food-growing projects to date.

Working with online plant nursery Gardening Express the campaign has given away over 500 trees to 300 schools in London in its latest initiative to get schools and pupils growing their own produce.

The presentation marks the launch of a new funding round, which runs from 28 September to 29 October. Community groups can apply for up to £350 of capital funding to start or improve food-growing spaces.

Boycott, is champion of the Capital Growth campaign and chair of the London Food board and Chris Collins supports the campaign. Together with pupils they will plant the trees in the school’s Magic Garden.

Capital Growth is part of the charity Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming. Membership is open to community growing groups in London, visit www.capitalgrowth.org


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