Urban gardening projects are springing up all over the world, and London’s metropolis is no different with their public gardening scheme, Capital Growth. Transforming Britain’s urban hub, Capital Growth set out to create a whopping 2,012 new food growing spaces by 2012. Partially fuelled by hugely over-subscribed allotment spaces across the UK, the initiative is bringing more gardening sites to frustrated would-be gardeners seeking a space to nurture budding green-fingers.
A partnership between London Food Link, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund, the initiative also offers practical help, grants, training and support to groups wanting to establish community food growing projects as well as advice to landowners.
So far this ambitious project is going well, the current number standing at 1,217 spaces with more people and sites getting involved all the time – a sign of growing interest in self-sufficiency and gardening in the capital city. To participate or find out more have a look at the application site!