Urban Food Week - Edible Open Gardens Day

This week is is Urban Food Week in London, which is run by Sustain and is a collaboration between Ethical Eats, Capital Growth and others.

Throughout the week various bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be offering food and drink created using locally grown vegetables, herbs and fruit. For a list of places to goin London taking part, see this map.

Big Dig Edible Open Gardens Event:

The national project, Big Dig wants to involve more people across the country in local community food growing. This weekend it is hosting an Edible Open Gardens event, during which growing spaces in four cities (Brighton, London, Sheffield and Manchester) and will be open to the greater public. Ideally, people will see that growing food isn't too difficult and has many benefits. It's also hoped that the many visitors will be inspired to get involved in the future.

The Cities involved:

Brighton – Also on Saturday, you will be able to join the cycle train and visit many community spaces growing food. In particular, the London Road Station Partnership garden where a bunch of residents took some disused, derelict land near the station and turned into a productive food garden.

London – Many allotments and gardens across the Greater London area will be opening their gates to the public this weekend. This includes a canal barge floating allotment which was set-up by Shoreditch Trust. Visit on Saturday to ask beekeepers questions and to use the cafe.

Sheffield – You can visit a micro-allotment at the front of a Hallamgate Road house from Saturday to Monday and may be get inspired. The plan is to transform Sheffield, one street at a time. Also, you can volunteer to help clear the Rodney Hill allotments so as other can start to use them.

Manchester – There are many gardens and allotments taking part in the Edible Gardens open event over the weekend. This includes a project which uses gardening and woodwork as a therapeutic tool, run by Manchester Learning Disability Partnership.


Learn about using greenhouses to grow your own food by watching our video below