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To: Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Hackney Council

Mayor of Hackney, Hackney Council, support food growing in Hackney!

Mayor of Hackney, Hackney Council, support food growing in Hackney!

1) That Hackney council fund local food growing the same as tree planting in Hackney, which currently has a £9 million budget.
2) Provide significantly more spaces in parks, on roads and car parks, and on Hackney Council housing estates for community food growing, where appropriate, and specifically investigate the of use the Millfields Park National Grid site for food growing when it is returned to Hackney.
3) Work with existing growers, allotment societies and support organisations such as Orchard Project, Growing Communities and Organic Lea to make this happen.

Why is this important?

Both the climate emergency and Covid 19 have shown the importance of local community food growing both in driving down carbon emissions, more so than tree planting, and in providing food autonomy for the residents of Hackney. We know it is possible to grow good cheap food for residents in cities when supported by the local, regional or national authorities, as various growing schemes have shown, but we are in an emergency and need to dramatically scale this up. Unlike Detroit, famed for it's urban farms, Hackney has little spare or free land. So we need the council to support this both by providing land and in terms of financial support.
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London Borough of Hackney, London, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I support having more local food production!

Updates

2020-06-17 21:28:20 +0100

It was good to hear there is support for local food growing, disappointing to hear money is not immediately available/transferable, but that's usually the way with councils. The Union of Hackney Gardeners are now sending a letter to Cllr Burke with some similar proposals and after Cllr Burke receives this he has promised to not just reply but host a ZOOM meeting on local food growing in Hackney in July! So progress! Keep sharing for now! Keep lobbying your Cllrs!

2020-06-17 21:28:14 +0100

Really good meeting with Cllr Jon Burke who has responsibility for all green space in Hackney for the elected Cllrs. He said he does support local food growing and will be looking at what the council can do but the money for trees comes from road budgets so is not able to be used for food growing. he did say though that looking at all the budgets, Housing, Public Health, Highways, Parks etc that it might be possible to put together a significant sum to push food growing. We also talked about where and he talked off a project Hackney has called 21st Century Streets where streets are transformed for people not cars and that food growing could be a bigger part of that and that Hackney will [could?] do a similar 21st C Estates which could include food growing.

2020-06-10 17:02:55 +0100

500 then 600 in a day! great growth spurt! Thanks all!! And keep sharing!
And I have a meeting with Cllr Burke tomorrow and will feed back afterward.

2020-06-09 08:44:51 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-05-28 11:15:52 +0100

Thanks everyone for signing! Way more than expected! We hope that has created some discussion and a buzz about this crucial issue. Anyone with an eye in the weather knows that the climate crisis needs as drastic action as Covid 19 and this proposal is in line with that. Growing food locally is not a 'nice thing to do', it is an essential survial mechanism to help reduce climate change.
We have edited the petition slightly. The proposal for a growing area at Millfields Park, while extremely popular with many people, has been controversial as it has not been agreed by the local park users group who feel it would be a loss of green space. We don't agree and still think it is worthy of investigation but schemes shouldn't happen without local support.
We are planning to contact the Mayor shortly and will report back!
Please keep sharing and write to your Cllrs and the Mayor!

2020-05-21 01:00:18 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-05-20 21:41:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-05-20 20:31:23 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-05-20 19:52:47 +0100

10 signatures reached