Sustainable Carlisle runs a community garden at the rear of the Women’s and Family Hostel in Water Street, Carlisle. The garden is now in its third season and has become established. It is primarily for growing vegetables and fruit though there are also flowers. It is anticipated that gardening will improve the physical and mental health of participants and that the fresh produce will improve diet. The garden provides the opportunity to both grow vegetables and learn how to grow them by practical experience in a supported environment. The gardening sessions are also a social occasion for all involved. Gardeners take home all the produce. The garden is run on organic principles.
Anyone and everyone is welcome, no distinction is made for age, ability or skill levels. There are links to and referrals from NHS mental health services and mental health charities. Hostel residents are particularly welcome. Gardening sessions are currently held weekly on Saturday mornings though it is hoped to restart a mid-week session.It is also hoped to continue gardening through the winter months. This has not yet happened in earlier seasons when gardening has been from spring to autumn only.
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For further details please contact Elizabeth Allnutt Email: [email protected] or mob: 07749 089 842 tel:01228-544120
The PhunkyFoods Programme offers a preventative behaviour change intervention; educating schools, their pupils and the wider community to improve knowledge and understanding of healthy lifestyles messaging, whilst helping schools to provide a supportive environment in which their staff, pupils and families are empowered to make real behaviour changes.
The PhunkyFoods programme is funded through the Nestlé Healthy Kids grant to support Carlisle schools in providing healthy lifestyle education. We have 30 schools engaged in the programme which has been running for 2 years in the area. Schools have been supported by our support worker, which has really aided engagement in the project.
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Lovers’ Lane Community Garden is a community project run by volunteers in Brampton, Cumbria.Originally, under the auspices of Sustainable Brampton, the garden started in 2012 when a member of Brampton Food Network was making enquiries locally for land that could be used to grow vegetables on.The garden, once a horses field, is situated very close to the town centreIt is remarkably productive being completely organic and sheltered.We have a large poly tunnel so that gardening and food production is all year round.
Interested people become members and pay an annual fee of £10.Membership means that by spending some time working in the garden, all fruit and vegetables produced are shared out.We are more or less self-sufficient.People contribute whatever time or skills they can and do not need to be a knowledgeable gardener.
The majority of our members are older people and they clearly benefit from the garden, sharing the physical work and enjoying the social aspects of the community. We have had some home schooled children who love being involved. When we set up the constitution and vision for the community garden, we envisaged a broader audience, in particular encouraging families.We applied for funding for the Dig For Dinner project to help us target a group that has not yet engaged with the garden – families of young children.
The project was funded through the NHS Healthy Choices funding which was managed by Cumbria County Council’s Community Grant team.
Lovers’ Lane Community Garden, in partnership with Brampton Primary School, invited a small group of families with young children to take part in the project.Our chef was invited to do a foody demonstration at a school assembly which really excited the children who then went home and persuaded parents to apply for a place on the project. Numbers were kept low so that the activities remain a quality and individual experience for all taking part.
The project consisted of 2 blocks of five session courses.The 2 hour weekly sessions ran as an after school club and a member of the school staff accompanied the families throughout the sessions.During each session, time was spent in Lovers Lane Community Garden exploring different aspects of gardening (digging, sowing seeds, transplanting, harvesting, understanding about composting and feeding the soil etc).Ready produce was picked and during the second part of each session, the families transformed the vegetables into a tasty dish with guidance from our chef, Michael Evans.Families learnt about using herbs, food preparation techniques, discovered new recipes and flavour combinations and how to share cooking with children.
For further details: Email: [email protected], The Dig for Dinner blog can be found at: http://digfordinnerbrampton.blogspot.co.uk; Facebook page: Loverslanecommunitygarden and contact number: 07871 403 787
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On Friday, 8 March 2013 we explored the concept and key themes with a variety of partners.
The key themes and breakout sessions explored:
Keynote speaker Tom Andrews (Director for Sustainable Food Cities - Soil Association) highlighted work taking place across the Country and provided examples of best practice from other Food Cities. Food has the potential to drive positive change in so many ways.
A traditional locally sourced lunch was provided at the event, planned and produced in partnership by local producers and suppliers, Fair Food Carlisle, a local chef and prepared by students from Carlisle College.
Following this event the ideas and workshop discussion were used to create the draft charter and action plan.