Food growing projects

For sites with no or low contamination levels food production may be an option provided steps are taken to minimise risk to the consumer to an acceptable level. Where there may be some low level contamination, measures will include the use of raised beds to ensure that safe soils are used for growing purposes.

The NHS is working with many local authorities across the UK to promote healthy eating and food growing. For example in Islington, the Council is working in partnership with NHS Islington to make food healthy, sustainable and affordable to all. Islington Organic Growers Network, started by a group of local residents, supports people to learn about organic gardening and growing. The Network organises a Grow Your Own Food scheme, beginner workshops and an annual horticultural show. The group is hosted by the Green Living Centre.

Fact File – Open Space and Food Production

According to the Vegan Society:

  • 1/3 m² of land can produce 1kg of vegetables per year which contains 250 calories.
  • A hypothetical 1,314m² of land could nourish one person per year, (roughly equivalent of a circle with a 20m radius).

Note: It is assumed that the above figures relate to a vegan diet

SAGE (Sow and Grow Everywhere)

In response to the high levels of derelict and vacant land in the Glasgow Metropolitan Region, an implementation plan has been developed to help unlock underused land resources for growing food in areas close to where people live.

The SAGE project aims include an ambition to enable and support community led growing projects, re-engage the urban population with the act of growing food and as a consequence re-animate spaces, promote healthier lifestyles and promote social interaction and change.

Read the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network SAGE Final Report published in March 2010.