Credit: Nottingham Good Food Partnership
Nottingham has a vibrant network of allotments and community growing spaces and its own network of growing spaces. The Nottingham Growing Network is linking up with the Social Farms and Gardens as a local network to support local organisations involved in grassroots community growing. Eight community growing spaces participated in the event: Summerwood Community Garden, Nottingham Organic Growers, Windmill Community Gardens, Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, Bulwell Forest Garden, Root Out, Nature in Mind and Woodthorpe Garden Centre. The event provided a good opportunity to these spaces to promote their work as well as connect to local residents and volunteers.
The festival was attended by 800 members of the public, smashing all expectations. 120 people completed the ‘Good Living Citizen’s Survey’, an annual survey by the City Council that seeks citizens' perceptions on a variety of subjects including quality of life, health and wellbeing, community cohesion, feelings about Nottingham and satisfaction with the Council.
Sustain are encouraging more areas to launch Veg Cities campaigns, and get local businesses and organisations making veg pledges. Veg Cities is currently the feature campaign of Sustainable Food Cities, and is run in partnership with Peas Please.