Local community food growing has many benefits and, as such, is supported by Leeds City Council.
If you are interested in growing your own food or getting involved in a local community food growing project but don't have a garden, there are a several ways to go about it:
- Hire an allotment (see the allotments page in related pages below)
- Find an alternative piece of land to grow food on.
The Parks and Countryside service are keen to support community groups that are interested in growing their own food. Recently successful community food growing projects have been set up with the 'Friends of Cross Flatts Park' and 'Headingley Community Orchard' who have both created food growing areas on parks and countryside land so local people can enjoy their harvest. If you have an idea for a food growing project on a green space in Leeds, contact us on 0113 3957457 and we will see what we can do.
Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside service are currently working with partners on a new community food growing initiative for the city called ‘Feed Leeds’. The Feed Leeds partnership aims to promote and support community food growing projects across the city and is due to be launched in September. One of the main ambitions of the group is to create a 'Feed Leeds' website which will link up all the community food growing projects in the city so it’s easy for people who are interested to find out how to get involved. For more information, keep watching this space!
'Design an Edible Flower Bed for the Civic Hall' competition
This competition has now closed to entrants and we have four proud winners!
The winning beds will be planted outside the Civic Hall in late spring 2013. The aim of the beds is to look attractive in their city centre location and inspire passers-by to grow their own food locally.
The winners were as follows:
- Jennifer Lawrence – Headingley Community Orchard
- Sharpe Lane Primary School
- Richard Howson – Right Choices community project
- Rachel Ingle-Teare – Leeds Libraries
To see the winning designs, check out the downloads section below.
Feed Leeds partners (so far):
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Chapeltown Food Festival
Leeds City Council
Leeds Metropolitan University
Northern Fruit Group
Roundhay Environmental Action Partnership
The Conservation Volunteers (formally BTCV)
The Environment Forum
The Urbal Fix
Voluntary Action Leeds