Launch of new Community Food Champions project in Oadby & Wigston

The Oadby and Wigston Community Food Champions project is a ‘Big Lottery’ funded project running from September 2011 until March 2014. Over the course of the project over 1000 local people will attend sessions to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The overall aim of the project is to develop a sustainable food growing culture in the Borough, and to encourage as many people as possible to grow and harvest their own food.    

Sessions will take place at various sites throughout Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston. The Green Earth Community allotment plot in Wigston will be used as a central hub for sessions and visits, and existing organisations such as schools and community groups will be given advice and assistance to develop their own sites for food growing. It is hoped that a network of plots will extend across the Borough, creating a ‘patchwork of production’ in back gardens, on balconies, in public spaces and on allotments.

The Community Food Champions  A key aspect of the project is to recruit and train a small group of volunteers as ‘Community Food Champions’. These people will promote the project, assist with and lead sessions, and provide on-going support to groups and individuals. In return they will be provided with relevant training opportunities, and will be supplied with all the necessary tools and equipment to carry out their role effectively.

Oadby and Wigston Fruit Harvesting Scheme  An additional feature of the project is the Fruit Harvesting Scheme. Groups of volunteers will identify the location of fruit trees in the Borough, and will harvest unwanted fruit and distribute it to community groups and organisations who can make good use of it.

The Community Food Champions Project Website  In 2012 a website will be set up to act as a focal point for information about the project, and act as a forum for sharing ideas, skills and experience. It will be developed into resource which can be used long-term by the communities in the Borough.

If you would like any more information about the Oadby and Wigston Community Food Champions project please contact the Project Officer, Vicky Belcham on 0116 2553515 or by email.

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