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!
To: Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Hackney Council
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.
This petition has been produced by Clapton / Homerton Urban Growers Organisation