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Fruitful plans for food production

Published Thursday, 13 October 2011

An ambitious project to make Enfield the biggest fruit and vegetable producer in London has been launched by the Council.

The borough’s new food strategy aims to provide dozens of new growing sites, which include Capital Growth growing areas for residents living on housing estates, and encourage children to establish vegetable gardens in schools.
A community food pilot scheme to help residents grow, prepare and sell fresh food, will be established and training courses set up for residents who want help and guidance on how best to grow their own food.
The Council will also seek to introduce restrictions on new fast food outlets near schools and work with existing takeaways, restaurants and bakers to reduce fat and salt content in their meals and improve hygiene levels.
Councillors agreed to adopt the strategy at their Cabinet meeting last night (Wednesday 12 October).
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “We want to revolutionise the way we grow fruit and vegetables in Enfield and get the whole community involved in growing, cooking and eating their own food.
“It makes good economic and environmental sense to produce your own food and we want to encourage people to do exactly that. Our aim is to make Enfield one of the biggest fruit and vegetable producers in London.”

The food strategy will build on the substantial food and drink manufacturing that already exists in the borough.

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