Role for Lea Valley in feeding London

Growers in the Lea Valley can help feed London's booming population sustainably, Lea Valley Growers Association secretary Lee Stiles told a meeting of the London Food Board (LFB) last week.

The food board is a cross-sectoral body that aims to develop food policies for the capital.

"We hope this is just the start," Stiles told Grower. "With the expected population growth over the next 10 years, they are keen to see how we can help meet the demand for fresh food."

Growers are now looking to the LFB to provide feasibility studies on routes for delivery, he added. "Produce used to be sent down the canal and we had our own railway siding. Now we are looking at electric vehicles."

The London Plan, adopted in 2011, commits to policy support for farming and growing in and around the capital city.


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