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Allotments, Overlooking the Rivelin valley. May 2006. Attribution: Nigel Chadwick

This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Food activism page for a topic overview.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

  • Landshare, high-profile national garden sharing project in England, spearheaded by celebrity chef and TV personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, in conjunction with public-service broadcaster Channel 4. Growers, landowners and volunteers can, at no charge, register their interest in participating in a share in their area. There are over 55,000 members. Although this is a number that have registered since 2009 when the social enterprise was first publicized widely, since then its activity has decreased. W
  • LandSpot, mapping derelict land across the UK that could be put to growing use
  • LetsGrow, helping to get your council take your request for an allotment seriously!

Funding[edit | edit source]

Daylesford Foundation

How to's[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Community allotment[edit | edit source]

see for example About Southend in Transition community alloment

Community farms[edit | edit source]

Community Food enterprises[edit | edit source]

Growing for change: creating good livelihoods for a better food system, A guide for community food enterprises

Education[edit | edit source]

Local food[edit | edit source]

  • Resources from Making Local Food Work, a BIG Lottery project which ended in 2013

Policies[edit | edit source]

A People’s Food Policy[edit | edit source]

see separate article

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A comprehensive proposal for a more just and sustainable food system in England [1]

A ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organisations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in a set of policy proposals and a vision for change that is rooted in the lived experiences and needs of people most affected by the failures in the current food system.

A People’s Food Policy is an extensive report, extending to 100 pages across 9 thematic chapters covering governance, food production, health, land, labour, environment, knowledge and skills, trade and finance - each with an in depth analysis and policy proposals for transforming the food system in England. June, 2017

Research[edit | edit source]

Innovative Farmers, "network of farmers and growers who are running on-farm trials, on their own terms."

Agroforestry Research Trust

Rethinking Britain's Food Security - Soil Association, pdf, 2008

Video[edit | edit source]

More Video:

Gleaning Network UK on Vimeo

The Big Lunch 2013 (longer version) on youtube

Local Food Roots, a film celebrating the local food movement in the UK, 35 minutes

Everyday Growing Futures (13 minutes, 2013) on youtube

Tim Lang & Andrew Simms in Conversation, on youtube, 2009

News and comment[edit | edit source]

See separate article: Food UK news

Events[edit | edit source]



August 10 - 16 National Allotments Week

June 7 The Big Lunch

March 21 The Big Dig

Sustain's website includes an online Food Calendar

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]


Interwiki links[edit | edit source]

Food bank {{W|Food_bank#United_Kingdom], Food waste in the United Kingdom W

External links[edit | edit source]

FareShare is an award-winning charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 700 charity and community projects across the United Kingdom.
FareShare only redistributes food inside its best before and use by date; in 2012 they rescued 3,600 tonnes of food which would have otherwise gone to landfill. FareShare works with all sectors of the supply chain; producers, manufacturers and retailers. All of the major UK food retailers have encouraged their suppliers to work with FareShare to minimise food waste. FareShare has also run two successful food drives with both Sainsbury's and Tesco.
FareShare contributed towards more than 8.6 million meals in 2012, which equates to feeding 36,500 people a day. This food is delivered to a broad range of grass root organisations all across the UK including homeless shelters, day centres, women’s refuge centres and children's breakfast clubs. W
  • FoodCycle, a UK charity that rescues surplus food that would otherwise be wasted and uses these ingredients to create healthy three-course meals for vulnerable people in the community. The organization is headquartered in London, England and has operations throughout the United Kingdom W
  • The Food Assembly's Blog, The Food Assembly on Social Tech Guide
  • Food For All, "...registered charity based in London (also in other parts of the UK), which distributes over 1,000, spiritually enriched nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals, to different groups of people, including the homeless, disadvantaged, financially challenged and the ‘needy’ on a daily basis, for free!"
  • Gleaning Network UK
  • Helping Britain Blossom, information about community orchards
  • Landworkers’ Alliance, an organisation of farmers, growers and land-based workers
  • Pesticide Action Network UK
  • Reclaim the Fields
  • Soil Association, charity based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1946, it has over 27,000 members today. Its activities include campaign work on issues including opposition to intensive farming, support for local purchasing and public education on nutrition; as well the certification of organic food. It developed the world's first organic certification system in 1967 – standards which have since widened to encompass agriculture, aquaculture, ethical trade, food processing, forestry, health & beauty, horticulture and textiles. Today it certifies over 80% of organic produce in the UK. W
  • Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming
  • The Urban Orchard Project

Food growing

Local food