The supporters of Winchester Action on Climate Change have voted to get the people of the city growing food in community spaces. Last month the WinACC food action group surveyed the 1700 people, who receive the WinACC e-newsletter, to ask which projects they would like to support. The highest votes were for getting local communities out, growing food together, closely followed by a trial of different solutions for composting household food waste.

“Growing your own food can be amazing but it is difficult to get started and many people do not have gardens where they can try” said Sarah Gooding, chair of the group, “We are looking for great places around the city to get a community garden started and enthusiastic people to join in”.

The group is also keen to find ways to encourage students and householders to cook great food with less waste. “Nearly 12 million tonnes of food is wasted from households each year. If we could get people to use more of the food they buy and produce less waste, we could cut the district’s carbon footprint significantly”, said Susie Phillips, WinACC’s climate action coordinator.

In April WinACC will host a talk by Incredible Edible speaker, Mary Clear who will share her experience of setting up the entire town of Todmordon in Yorkshire to grow its own food. The talk will take place on Sat 5 April at 10am in St Lawrence Parish Church Hall, Colebrook street Winchester.

Find out more or sign up for the quarterly newsletter by contacting Susie on Susie.phillips@winacc.org.uk or going to the website winacc.org.uk