Lottery backs city food-growing with tree-planting funds

Some of Britain's most crowded inner-city areas are to become home to 20 new spaces for growing fruit and vegetables thanks to a £58m Big Lottery Fund project.

The Local Food Programme supports food-related community projects and the open spaces will free up urban pockets in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Reading and Sheffield.

The lottery announced a £195,000 grant last month to the Trees for Cities project Trees for Food. The money will pay for 6,000 fruit and nut trees and will fund workshops offering skills in planting and harvesting.

Trees for Cities chief executive Sharon Johnson said: "The scheme enables us to help people improve and care for the local environment."

Local Food Programme manager Mark Wheddon added: "The training will help people of all ages and backgrounds learn about cultivation and cooking."

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