“TreeStation has won a £20,000 Santander Social Enterprise Development Award to help us develop our biomass business. The money is being used to make improvements to the big biomass chipper and to engineer a better power unit. This is a huge boost to the business and helps us to deal with our most pressing issue, which is to increase sales of biomass woodchip.”
And from the Kindling website–
The Kindling Trust is delighted to announce that our bid to make Stockport part of the UK-wide Sustainable Food Cities Network has been successful. Stockport is one of only six places across the country to be selected for the project and will receive a share of the £1m funding. The funding will allow Kindling to employ a full time project worker who will work closely with the community and the council to revolutionise the chain of local food production, distribution and consumption.
The award will support our partnership with Stockport Council and and enable both organisations to move towards our goals of using healthy and sustainable food to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change.
The national project will allow different areas to learn from each other and work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of their town or city.
Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, said: “Being selected to be part of this pioneering new project is a real boost for the town and will help us to play our part in transforming food culture.
“The Sustainable Food Cities programme is about using food to improve people’s health and wellbeing, creating new businesses and jobs and reducing our impact on the environment. Food is not only at the heart of some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including obesity, food poverty and climate change but it is also a key part of the solution.”
Chris Walsh of the Kindling Trust added: “Everyone at Kindling is thrilled to be bringing the Sustainable Food Cities funding to this area. The people of Stockport and their council have already shown fantastic energy and enthusiasm in supporting us. We want to revolutionise the local food supply and make Stockport an example to other towns and cities across the country.”
The Sustainable Food Cities Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations using food as a vehicle for driving positive changes. The Network helps people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.
Tom Andrews, national programme manager of Sustainable Food Cities said:
“We had amazing applications from cities across the UK and the competition was incredibly strong, but in the end the selection panel felt that Stockport had a particularly inspiring vision of how they would make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of their city and the commitment to make it happen.
“We are really looking forward to working with Stockport over the next three years to show just what can be achieved when individuals and organisations from every sector work together to transform their city’s food culture.”
For more information about Sustainable Food Cities visit http://www.sustainablefoodcities.org