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Mayor welcomes 99,000 Londoners growing food in the city


Growing Success: The impact of Capital Growth on community food growing in London

News Release
30th January

Growing Success, a new report out today reveals the huge and positive impact of the Capital Growth programme over the last four years. The programme, funded by the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery, and run by London Food Link has helped get around 99,000 people growing on 2,012 new community food gardens, with 82% in the more deprived parts of London.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who wrote a foreword for the report, said:

‘Capital Growth has proven to be an astonishing success which has unlocked a primal love of gardening in city dwellers. The scheme has been especially successful not just in the leafy suburbs, but in the more deprived inner London areas where gardening has brought people into contact with neighbours often for the very first time. London is now an acknowledged world leader in urban agriculture with Capital Growth showing that bringing people together to make a physical investment in the soil, reaps environmental, social, educational and even economic dividends.’

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Inspiring video about Martineau Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

This film explores how community gardens benefit public health and was commissioned by NHS (National Health Service) Midlands and East. Find out why Community Gardens are good for us by watching this video.

‘Gardens Where People Grow’ – film made for the National Health Service

Director: John Hill-Daniel
Camera: Carl Jorden, Peter Austin
(Must see. Mike)

NHS Midlands and East commissioned Martineau Gardens to report how the community garden is a model for improving public health and resilience in Birmingham, with particular focus on the impact of the garden and gardening on the mental health and well being of the people of Birmingham. The film documents the activities of Martineau Gardens (and other urban growing projects) with evidence from staff, volunteers and visitors who use the Gardens.

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Artist’s paintings reflect her heritage as a migrant worker

orchardsotoApple Orchard by Consuelo Soto Murphy.

Consuelo Soto Murphy’s artwork stems from the fields she worked in and the time she spent with her family.

Excerpt from Gallery One Visual Arts Center:

Consuelo Soto Murphy was born and raised in the Yakima Valley along with her nine siblings. Her parents were migrant workers who came to Washington in the 1950’s from a small, poor, little town named Bajan in Coahuila Mexico. The older four children had to work day in and day out in the fields. When her mother became ill with a brain tumor in 1960, the last five children were able to go to school during the day and work only part-time after school. Murphy was one of the lucky ones able to get an education.

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