Leicester City Council hold community food growing event

By Yousuf Ali.

About a half dozen projects set up stall at the City Hall as part as Leicester’s Food Plan this afternoon in the hopes to encourage food growing.

Leicester’s Food Plan is a long-term programme to make Leicester a healthy and sustainable food city.

Susan Holden, project manager of Food Plan, said: “We’re supporting food growing groups. It’s all about people getting involved in growing food.”

The event commenced at 2.00pm with the event ending with an informal discussion on supporting the development of food growing across the city.

Projects from all over the city set up stall to encourage people to grow fruit and vegetable, in the hopes to encourage healthy eating.

The drop in session was not only about growing food, but also a chance to network with other groups.

Felecity Roos, from Trent Rivers Trust, also set up stall to inform people about sustainable water use. She said: “We’re running a project to try and improve water quality and reduce risk of flooding in Leicester.”

The council also offer a scheme called Get Growing Grant which funds different groups and projects who want start growing their own fruit and vegetables.

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