Rosie Boycott launches Edible Estates competition for best housing estate food growers

Rosie Boycott, chair of London Food, today launched 'Edible Estates' a new Capital Growth competition to get housing estates vying to become London's best food growing community.

Also today, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, hosted a City Hall event to encourage landowners and other organisations such as borough councils, to sign up for Capital Growth.

Rosie Boycott was joined by gardeners at an existing Capital Growth plot in Cranbrook Estate, Tower Hamlets.

The Cranbrook community food growing group is now in its second year and has attracted 15 regular growers who have expanded their initial plot from three to 10 raised beds nurturing a range of fruit and vegetables. Local Bengali women grow mustard seeds and dudhi. Surplus produce is sold at a low cost to neighbours. The space is located in a former playground that had been padlocked up, left to decay and become overgrown.

There are now 500 Capital Growth plots in London with a target to reach 2,012 by 2012. This competition is designed to boost numbers by encouraging housing estates to identify plots of land to help their residents cultivate food-growing areas. Some 24% of the capital’s housing stock is termed social housing equalling 750,000 homes.


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