Green supporters call for more community gardening in Winchester

Romsey Advertiser: Green supporters call for more community gardening in Winchester Green supporters call for more community gardening in Winchester

SUPPORTERS of a Winchester green campaign group want to see more community gardening.

Winchester Action on Climate Change has been told that people want to grow food in community spaces.

Last month the WinACC food action group surveyed the 1,700 people, who receive the WinACC e-newsletter, to ask which projects they would like to support.

The highest votes were for getting local communities out, growing food together, closely followed by a trial of different solutions for composting household food waste.

Sarah Gooding, chair of the group, said: “Growing your own food can be amazing but it is difficult to get started and many people do not have gardens where they can try. We are looking for great places around the city to get a community garden started and enthusiastic people to join in”.

The group is also keen to find ways to encourage students and householders to cook food with less waste.

Susie Phillips, WinACC’s climate action coordinator, said: “Nearly 12 million tonnes of food is wasted from households each year. If we could get people to use more of the food they buy and produce less waste, we could cut the district’s carbon footprint significantly”.

In April WinACC hosts a talk by Incredible Edible speaker, Mary Clear who will share her experience of setting up the entire town of Todmorden in Yorkshire to grow its own food.

The talk will take place on Saturday April 5 at 10am in St Lawrence Parish Church Hall, Colebrook Street.

Find out more or sign up for the quarterly newsletter by contacting Susie on Susie.phillips@winacc.org.uk or going to the website winacc.org.uk

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