FCFCG explores Hull mobile farm plans

box farm schemeFCFCG has been working with Hull City Council to explore the potential for an ‘urban box farm’ designed to be completely mobile and self-sufficient in all features.

The mobile farm would be set up as a ‘meanwhile’ plot on a development site in Hull city centre and could be moved when the developer needs to regain the site.

Formed of shipping containers, the box farm could include polytunnels, a moveable pig pen and a café and shop.

Read more: FCFCG explores Hull mobile farm plans


Legacy will help fund education project

remember 1 bcep 6.9.11Legacy will help fund education project

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens will help fund a programme encouraging children to engage with growing, thanks to a £4,000 legacy left to us by a supporter in her will.

Her generous gesture has prompted FCFCG to encourage more people to think of city farms and community gardens when they draw up wills, allowing future generations to benefit from these fantastic community resources.

We have now joined Remember A Charity, a consortium of over 140 charities set up to raise awareness of the importance of having a will and leaving gifts to charities.

Read more: Legacy will help fund education project


New £150m community enterprise fund

remember 2 secretgarden lo res£150 million Power to Change fund will support community enterprise

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £150 million initiative to support the development of sustainable, community-led enterprises across England.

Power to Change will invest in creative projects that involve local people and resources to improve their local neighbourhoods, villages and town centres, such as community farms and gardens, pop-up shops and resident-run resources.

The fund will be delivered by an independent Trust established next year but in the meantime there are opportunities to get local publicity for your project. BLF is partnering with media company Trinity Mirror, which will help publicise the fund through its regional newspapers and is looking for stories about local community enterprises.

If you'd like the chance to raise the profile of your project, go to the Power to Change website and send in your story. The website also has more information about the fund and a community enterprise map.


£1m grant fund for park ideas

Rethinking Parks fund launched

Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have opened a £1m grant fund to back the best parks innovations, called Rethinking Parks.

Against a background of public sector budget cuts for discretionary services such as parks, Rethinking Parks aims is to find new business models that will enable parks to thrive for the next century.

Voluntary and community sector organisations and public sector organisations from across the UK may apply for grants of between £50,001 and £100,000 as well as nonfinancial support to carry out their innovative ideas to make the UK's public parks financially sustainable. For more information go to the Rethinking Parks website.


New film about local food

000353A new film telling the story of the local food movement in the UK has been launched.

Local Food Roots documents how an innovative local food movement in the UK has emerged and developed from a handful of pioneering initiatives battling against the odds in the early 1990’s to a diverse UK-wide movement. The 35-minute film also looks at where the 21st century opportunities now lie, including the relevance of local food to feeding towns and cities, and hopes to inform and inspire future growth.

The trailer is currently available for viewing online, featuring Sheila Dillon, Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Pam Warhurst, Incredible Edible Todmorden and George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol. Follow this link to view the trailer.

The documentary was funded by a £48,100 grant from Local Food, a Big Lottery-funded programme that supports projects working to make local food more accessible and affordable to communities. It has been co-produced by community interest company f3 and Sprout Films.


Gardening helps cuts stroke risk

Research has found that gardening is an effective way to help prevent strokes and heart attacks in the over 60s.

Swedish researchers who studied more than 4,200 people aged over 60 found that those who performed a high level of “non-exercise physical activity” (NEPA) including tasks such as cutting the hedge or mowing the lawn, were 27 per cent less likely to suffer from heart attack, stroke or angina.

Such low-level activity appeared to be beneficial whether or not people also took part in organised exercise.

Follow this link to read an article about the report in The Independent.


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