Veggie burghers 29.06.10
Sutton Council is going veggie - by signing up to a scheme to create thousands of vegetable plots across London. It has joined Mayor of London Boris Johnson's "Capital Growth" plan which aims to grow food on 2,102 patches of land by 2012.
"It will help people understand where their fruit and veg comes from and cut the congestion and carbon emissions associated with the transportation of food from miles away. Our involvement will make Sutton an even greener, more pleasant place to live."
Sutton has committed to helping identify 60 new food spaces in the borough. To be classified as a new food growing space, the area has to benefit more than five people and be over five square metres.
There are ten London boroughs signed up to the scheme, which has now identified 500 growing spaces across the capital in places including schools, on roofs, in skips and even on a canal boat.
Cllr Hall added: "We're already part of the 'One Planet Food' project which is helping to make affordable, delicious and nutritious local food more accessible to residents and helping them get fit and healthy through growing their own.
"We also have set up a community farm, teaching allotment, a 'veg van' and are training hundreds of people about the benefits of food growing and healthy eating - so joining Capital Growth fits in perfectly with our aim of making Sutton London's most sustainable suburb."
"They are discovering the joy of growing their own grub, getting to know neighbours and reclaiming patches of neglected earth. I warmly welcome the landowners who have come on board to help provide the land needed for Capital Growth, including ten borough councils. I call on even more to now rally to our green-fingered cause."
For more information about Capital Growth, contact Sutton Council's biodiversity manager Hendryk Jurk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010