School for Vegetables project
A lot of local people have probably already heard of Green City Action, a local award winning environmental charity. We’ve been delivering community environmental improvement projects in Burngreave for 15 years. If your children goes to a local school they’ve probably taken part in our School for Vegetables project where children have visited our community allotment at Grimesthorpe allotments and learned food growing skills. “The children learnt what an allotment was and what it is used for. They learnt about what they could grow in their own homes to make them more sustainable.” St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School
The project has been for adults as well as children. We have trained people in growing fruit and vegetables as well as supporting 23 people in local good growing activities. Some people have even shared their garden/allotment, helping their neighbours to grow food. We would like to thank our volunteers who have assisted in maintaining the community allotment and making it a great educational resource. School for Vegetables has been greatly appreciated by those volunteers: “I’ve done a lot of building work on site …My involvement is a real source of relaxation and gives me a focus as I reach the end of my working life, that allows be to be constructive and productive whilst not responsible for anything” Schools for Vegetables volunteer
At Green City Action we are currently planning for the future and looking to develop food growing projects to meet further community needs. Our discussions with new and existing partners, volunteers, Trustees and local people have confirmed the need to tackle food poverty and health inequalities through a family approach and local community group empowerment. We are calling this project ‘Good Food for All’. We are in process of trying to get funding to do this. Last year we relaunched our Tool Bank service. People and organisations in S3, S4 and S5 can borrow tools and equipment for £1-£15 Thurs-Sat or Sat-Thurs. We provide tools for DIY as well as car, bike and garden maintenance including growing your own food. So far we’ve lent out over 100 tools and we’ve planned a series of DIY and gardening workshops in Burngreave.