So, first thing is to say congratulations to the much-deserved winner of the IWD “Women protecting our Environment” award. Second thing to say is that although they won as “Didsbury Dinners”, they’ve recently changed name to the broader ‘Eat Green (UK)’. MCFly interviews Amanda Woodvine, founder (and winner last year!)
“We were absolutely thrilled to scoop this year’s Manchester International Women’s Day ‘Women Protecting Our Environment’ Award. We’ve piloted a range of projects to help people save money and eat green in South Manchester, from a low-carbon community cookbook through to landshares, community gardens and orchards. Our community cooking project has gone from strength to strength, and our team taught people how to make a whopping 155 different eco-friendly dishes last year alone.
“We have more exciting plans this year, including expanding our food bank. It runs from Westcroft Community Centre in Burnage on Friday mornings, with generous ongoing donations of local, seasonal fruit and veg from The Local Veg Box. We’ve had the green light to create a 90-square metre Bee World in Fog Lane Park this May, and are all set to pilot a new garden tool library, containing a range of hand tools for free loan. Watch this space, and drop us a line to donate or volunteer!
“And it’s not too late to sign up for one of our free 6-week ‘learn to cook’ courses. The next course will run on Mondays starting 28 April, 4-6pm at Westcroft Community Centre. Priority places go to people on low incomes, with below average cookery skills. Simply email us [firstname.lastname@example.org] for further details and an application form.
“You may have heard that we’ve had a name change from ‘Didsbury Dinners’ to ‘Eat Green (UK)’ to more accurately reflect our work – we’re in the early stages of setting up new pilots in Birmingham and Bristol. Our Didsbury Dinners website is sadly no more, but do follow us on Twitter [@EatGreenUK] for updates about our work.”