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Published Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Enfield residents food scraps and garden waste are being used to drive forward the Council’s bid to become London’s breadbasket.

Up to 36% of Enfield's green waste (9394 tonnes) were used on Enfield's allotments last year, including the new innovative communal orchard in Broomfield Park, Palmers Green and local farms.

Councillor Michael Lavender, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Place Shaping, Parks and Enterprise, said: "This is part of our ambition to enhance Enfield's sustainability. Enfield's food waste and green waste can literally be collected from your front door one week, used to grow vegetables locally and end up on your plate in a few months time."

Green waste from Enfield's door to door recycling service collection, such as leaves, grass cuttings and recycled food waste is composted locally in Edmonton, and then sold back to farmers, gardeners and agriculturalists.

The process is part of the Council's wider Food Strategy which includes:

- Converting flower beds in parks - we have introduced pilot projects for the reuse of flowerbeds for community gardens and vegetable growing with links to local schools.  Some of the flowerbeds in Jubilee Park in Edmonton have been turned over to vegetable growing and community orchards, including Broomfield Park.
- One year rent free basis for allotment holders to restore overgrown plots.

- Food Legacy Day - 21st September 2011. On this day all food eaten in schools will have been grown locally.

- Fit to Grow - subject to successful lottery bid, plans to support micro businesses, re-establishing markets in town centres and reinvigorate the high street getting back to traditional markets, food security.

- Ponders End - a pilot project will be developed in Ponders End, one of the Council's place shaping priority areas, to explore opportunities to create informal growing spaces, development of a food market to grow local produce, and an urban farm.

Cllr Lavender said: "Enfield has nearly three thousand allotments, over a hundred parks and some of the best and most expansive farmland in London.  There is no reason why in future Enfield could become a major food source for London."

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