For a long time, we have recognised the high environmental impact of food both globally with climate change and the locally within the ecology of a place.
Food presents a huge opportunity for change due to the amount of choice we have about what we eat. We work to support individuals on food choice as well as partnering with organisations to support change through communities and business. The projects below are a sample of these partnerships.
Winchester railway station planters
In 2014, Incredible Edible Winchester (supported with a grant from Lloyds Bank Community Fund) installed four planters on the platforms and station concourse to demonstrate a wide variety of food plants which can grow in urban environments. Passengers have seen vegetables, salads, herbs, fruit and edible flowers flourish here, and have been encouraged to pick them and use them at home. Occasional comments, always positive, have been appreciated by the team of IEW volunteers.
Supported initially by funding from South West Trains, the group itself has maintained these planters, and now works in partnership with South Western Railway.
Project – Community allotment.
Throughout the year, we operate a community allotment in Edington Road to encourage people to take the first step in growing their own food. With funds from Tesco Bags of Help we were able to expand and develop community outreach with visits to schools. Every Tuesday and Saturday morning*, visitors are very welcome to join our regular volunteers where we enjoy sharing skills as we weed, water, harvest, make compost, exchange recipes and actively recycle materials.
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Winchester Food Partnership
WinACC is one of the founding members of the Winchester Food Partnership. The partnership is a cross-section of organisations and individuals, setup with the vision “to create a healthy and sustainable food culture for people living and working in the Winchester District, regardless of income”.
The partnership has the following objectives:-
- Healthy Food for All
- Strengthen the Local Economy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Strong and Resilient Communities
- Fairness in the Food Chain
The partnership is for any individuals and organisations who live and/or work in the Winchester District. To find out more, and to join us, visit WInchesterFoodPartnership@org.uk.