Sunday, 21 February 2010

Cash for caulis!

If you live in London and want to grow your own veg, you'll be interested to hear about the £75,000 that's on offer for community groups interested in growing their own food in under-used areas of the capital. This dosh comes from the Capital Growth scheme, managed by the London Food Link and supported by the Mayor of London.

Groups can submit an application onlline at Grants between £200 and £1500 are up for grabs to help you turn a neglected plot of land into a veg plot. If you find a concrete plot they'll let you cultivate on it using cotainers or growbags. As well as the money, there's advice and training etc to support your group's efforts.

The cash injection follows an earlier one of £75k last December. It was snapped up to create 95 growing spaces by housing estates, schools,universities and others. Commenting on the success of the scheme the Mayor said
 “Creating lush patches of fruit and veg is catching on, judging by Londoners’ enthusiastic response to Capital Growth. We’ve already helped to create dozens of new growing spaces at schools, housing estates, at homeless schemes and at three of the city’s universities. The scheme is helping to make the urban environment more pleasant and cared for, as well as providing a cheap, fun way to grow grub.”. 
Boris, in conjunction with London in Bloom has also created a competition to encourage primary schools to create food gardens. There are 3 categories 'Bugs and Slugs', 'Collect and Create', and 'Climate Cool'. The top schools in each category wins a visit from a celebrity gardener, £500 cash prizes, plants and wormeries.

Related links:
>> Incredible Edible Todmorden - a whole town goes for sustainability
>> Grow your own veg - you can do it! - top tips for beginners
>> Dig for Victory - see the wartime video - still full of good advice

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