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Event helps communities to get growing - 9th March 2019

Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018

A COMMUNITY food-growing event is taking place at the city council’s Charles Street offices this week.


The drop-in event at City Hall starts at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday 9 March).


It’s a chance for local food growers to meet other growing groups, pick up some useful growing tips, share ideas, and find out about funding that might be available for their food-growing projects.


From 12 noon until 2pm, the Real Junk Food Café will be serving up a light lunch, while a talk about the ‘Healthy for Life’ food growing programme in Birmingham gets under way at 12.30pm.


Two workshops will give growers an opportunity to hear from local experts, with the chance to learn about composting at 1pm, and a session on using recyclable materials for planting at 2pm.


Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, executive lead for the environment and health, said: “This drop-in event will give local food growers the chance to get together and share their knowledge and experience.


“Community gardening is something we’re very keen to support, because it brings so many benefits.


“Growing your own food encourages healthy eating habits, and gardening can be an excellent physical activity. But gardening as part of a group is also a very sociable activity  – and that’s good for your mental wellbeing too.”


Friday’s event is aimed at those already involved in food-growing projects – but anyone interested in setting up a community food-growing project is welcome to attend too.


The event is part of Leicester’s Food Plan, a long-term plan to make the city a place where the production, distribution, purchase and use of affordable food leads to better health, stronger communities and a successful economy – while protecting the environment and conserving natural resources.


As part of the food plan, Get Growing Grants are offered to groups and schools who want to start growing their own fruit and vegetables. To date, grants have supported 56 community groups and 58 schools.


To find out more, pop in to the event any time between 12 noon and 5pm or email


The food-growing event has been organised by Leicester City Council in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers and Saffron Acres community enterprise.