As you can see from the list below, there is an amazing amount of food growing activity at the local level across South Lakeland.

SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY NETWORK STAVELEY

Contact: senstaveley@gmail.com

There is a polytunnel in Staveley which has grown food for veg bags and for the ‘Big Onion’ community shop.  There have been projects around growing food in the school grounds and community herb planters around the village.

The Parish Council has restored a large area of allotments on the road to Kentmere, and recently purchased another smaller plot of allotments for local residents in the centre of Staveley.

SOUTH LAKELAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE (Kendal)

Contact: Stacy Hurley, Project Co-ordinator, Waste into Wellbeing  stacy@cinnamonltd.co.uk

Waste into Wellbeing is one of SLACC’s projects. In addition to the work to turn waste food from businesses into meals at the People’s Café and (more recently) home deliveries, the project also currently has two food growing elements. Firstly there are 6 planters around Kendal which grow food which are now in need of additional support to maintain them. Secondly, growers who have excess produce can donate their surplus to the project for use in the kitchen or for distribution at the shares.   Sizergh has been a large contributor to this project.  Recipes have also been shared to inspire people to cook what they receive. More information about Waste into Wellbeing

WINDERMERE FOOD GROUP

Contact: Debbie Binch  deb.binch@gmail.com

The group has run projects with local schools: 1. A ‘Tasty Tubs’ competition using re-used or recycled containers, peat-free compost and where the plants had edible roots, leaves or flowers.  The schools took their amazing displays to Hayes Gardenworld which awarded prizes. 2. A potato growing project with encouragement to find out about the history of potatoes 3. A strawberry project where each child potted up a strawberry and was encouraged to write strawberry notes and poems and to decorate their pot.  The group then started the ‘Fruity Windermere’ project.  There are now around 50 fruit trees and 50 fruit bushes planted on SLDC amenity grass areas.  There is now potential for community activities based on the harvests.  The group is now speaking with BT to hopefully use the grass area around the BT depot as a community garden, starting on a small scal

APPLEBY ROAD COMMUNITY GARDEN (Kendal)

Contact: Chris Eastman, Community Garden Co-ordinator chris.eastman@queenkatherine.org

This project aims to provide children, young people and volunteers with education and training opportunities and a chance to grow fruit and veg in a friendly and supportive environment. The garden is used by a range of individuals and groups of all ages and abilities (inc 15 small rented allotment plots). Our emphasis is on working together.

The garden is designed and run using permaculture principles, it has open access and is owned by The Queen Katherine School. The community involvement in the project is run by the ‘Friends of Appleby Road Community Garden’ (ARCG).

Please contact Chris to come and have a look around

SOUTH LAKES COMMUNITY GARDEN (Kendal)

Contact: Stephen Whitehouse  swhitehouse1305@yahoo.co.uk

Jigsaw Family Support is working with South Lakes Academy on a project to use an allotment on Rinkfield in Kendal, to improve the mental wellbeing of children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Autism Spectrum Condition. Much equipment has been donated already.  Children with SEN and ASC, as well as residents from Kendal, will have the opportunity to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers and will have their own working areas at the allotment.

GROWING WELL (Sizergh)

Contact: Paul Cambre, Commercial Grower  paul@growingwell.co.uk

Growing Well is an organic working farm which offers support and growing experience for people with mental health problems, training in production horticulture and tailored courses, and also runs a Crop Share scheme producing 37 bags of produce a year for up to 100 local households

KIRKBY LONSDALE COMMUNITY CUPBOARD

Contact: Rosie Bradshaw, Community Co-ordinator   coordinator@klcommunity.co.uk

Rosie is currently looking for a potential site for a community food growing garden.

AMBLESIDE ACTION FOR A FUTURE GROWING GROUP

Some activities to date include: installation of raised beds on the Uni of Cumbria campus; creating growing spaces at Ambleside Health Centre that are being maintained by group members; some very successful growing events, e.g. a drop-in session about making compost, growing plants for food and making planting boxes – people were able to take home window boxes which they had planted with herbs and pollinator-friendly plants; a community orchard was planted in Rothay Park; assisted Ambleside Primary School with the planting of its orchard.

BROCKHOLE KITCHEN GARDEN (National Park, Windermere)

Contact: Kate Jackson, Brockhole Gardens Engagement, Learning and Activity Leader kate.jackson@lakedistrict.gov.uk

 Kate has taken on the second year of a two year Heritage Lottery-funded project to restore the Thomas Mawson Kitchen Garden. It is her role to develop creative opportunities for community involvement, with particular focus on the immediate local community and deprived communities in Barrow-in-Furness. These activities must be both engaging and covid compliant and have included regular online workshops delivered to a local community group with activity kits distributed in advance. This coming growing season will also see a living sculpture installed in the Kitchen Garden and will be the centre of the ‘Seeds of Resilience Series’. This theme will inform all of the community engagement activities this coming season and will include; seed saving workshops, cut flower tutorials, land art for wellbeing sessions and earth oven cooking. Kate is also exploring links with the Zero Carbon Cumbria Programme.

ST CATHERINE’S WALLED GARDEN (National Trust, The Footprint, Windermere)

Contact: Debbie Riviere, Programming and Partnerships Officer  debbie.riviere@nationaltrust.org.uk

Work in the walled garden at St.Catherine’s has been incorporated into the Deepening Connections project run through the Footprint.  Debbie works with partners to offer immersive experiences in nature for school children and people of all ages, across the local community and beyond.  In the walled garden, Debbie currently works with a community group called Danny’s Healing Fields and other volunteers, and is also looking into social prescribing, so may also include growing fruit and vegetables into this. The plan is to keep the garden as an adult space at the moment and to hopefully work with Windermere Food Group in the future.

SEEDLINGS (Cartmel Peninsula)

Contact: Jeni McConnell  PEATSeedlings@gmail.com

This is a home-grown food project for Cartmel Peninsula run by PEAT (PEAT PENINSULA ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION).  The idea started through sharing seedlings at Flookburgh Community Food Club during lockdown. People liked the idea and it started useful food-growing conversations, so the idea of the Seedlings project emerged.  Jeni, who runs the food club, is leading the project with the group. It covers the area from Cartmel Fell to Humphrey Head and Haverthwaite to Ulpha, beginning in March 2021. It aims to encourage everyone to help make this the peninsula of home grown food. The group was awarded a grant from SLDC and has bought seeds and compost, etc. for the project.  It is promoting ‘Sow me, grow me, label me, knit me’. ‘Sow me’ will be the folk who are growing and passing on seedlings; ‘grow me’ covers those who are growing on the seedlings to maturity and harvest; ‘label me’ is an art project with people decorating stones to act as plant labels; and the ‘knit me’ element involves people who may not necessarily be growers to knit jute slug repellent mats for the project.  The project is attracting a lot of interest on its Facebook page.  There’s a link to the webpage for more details here and on Facebook: /PEATSeedlings

RYDAL HALL WALLED GARDEN

Information to follow  

FORD PARK (Ulverston)

Contact: Valerie Madden, Garden   valerie.madden@ford-park.org.uk

Ford Park is an 8-acre park with a walled kitchen garden, an orchard, a community orchard, and a plant nursery. The garden used to supply the café but this arrangement has changed and much of the produce is sold in the plant nursery. Valerie is also looking for alternative uses for the produce. The orchards grow local and heritage varieties of apples and pears.  Volunteers help with the running of the park and gardens, which includes growing and harvesting produce.  More volunteers are always needed for specific park jobs.