Real Food Wythenshawe, “an ambitious five-year programme to engage and excite the people of Wythenshawe in growing and cooking fresh, sustainable food” has received funding of £1,000,000 from the BIG Lottery Fund.
That money, which will be matched by sponsoring organisations and fundraising, will be spent on five “flagship projects. According to the programme’s website, these five are;
1. The sustainable indoor growing system at the Wythenshawe campus of The Manchester College will see “the development of a closed loop bio-system to showcase modern indoor growing techniques and demonstrate what sustainable food production can mean in an urban setting. The system has been designed by award winning Manchester-based cooperative, URBED, who specialise in design, sustainability and community engagement.”
2. Green Spaces to Growing Spaces, which “will see Willow Park and Parkway Green Housing Trusts focus on helping Wythenshawe residents to grow food in their own gardens through a programme of awareness raising and engagement.”
3. Mapping and harvesting abundance, which “takes as its starting point the known existence of a large number of fruit trees, planted at the time of the creation of the Wythenshawe garden suburb. By mapping, harvesting and preserving fruit from these and other orchards, such as those at Wythenshawe Community Farm and the Walled Garden, we will reintroduce people to the foods available on their doorstep.”
4. Wythenshawe Park Walled Garden – Outdoor Growing: a new generation, which “will develop a hub for community growing, training and skills development through a horticulture centre and possible ‘veg box’ scheme. This project will be delivered by Manchester City Council Adult Social Care and BITE.”
The final project, Cooking and Eating Sustainably. is “still being developed, but will help the people of Wythenshawe to develop the skills and the passion to cook healthier, cheaper and more sustainable food. It will also include cooking demonstrations and enterprise opportunities.”
Other projects in the North West that will receive money from the Big Lottery Fund include The Broughton Trust – Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project in Salford, Greater Manchester will receive “close to £1 million. The project will support Lower and Higher Broughton, and Kersal in East Salford, an area susceptible to flooding from the River Irwell, and one of the top six deprived wards in Salford with over 40 per cent of children classed as living in poverty, and with over 70 per cent of the population dependent on benefits and living in social or private rented accommodation.”