We are organizing a planting day on Saturday 29th March from 10-1pm at the Lammas Enclosure, between Walpole and Lammas Parks (near Will to Win Tennis)
With the kind support of the Walpole ward we will be planting fruit trees and bushes adjacent to the petanque playing area. This is the first wave of planting for what will, in time, become a forest garden – a food-growing space based on the structure of a young forest.
We will also be weeding and re-mulching fruit trees in the orchard, dead-hedging with recently-felled brush wood, and taming the brambles.
Do join us to get some fresh air, get your hands dirty, give the kids a run-around and help create a unique growing space. All welcome: no gardening experience necessary.
Please bring gloves and tools, branch cutters, secateurs etc if you have them
On Sunday 26th January at 7.30pm we will be showing the film ‘Best Before’, which is a short documentary about the food revolution taking off across London, why it is happening and how it provides a way forward to a more healthy, sustainable and socially just food system in the UK. In London a handful of supermarkets dominate the food system, an incredible amount of food is wasted every day, and fresh, healthy food has become the privilege of the wealthy, while those worse off have only access to low quality, fatty and sugar-rich food, and obesity rates are skyrocketing. With global energy costs expected to rise dramatically, many people argue that the UK will face a food crisis in coming years.
‘Best Before’ looks at why this is happening, who is profiting from the way we eat, and at the same time, what people are doing to take back control of how we produce, distribute and crucially, how we eat, food in the UK. London is the city in which community organizations are shaping alternatives, from city farms to roof gardens, farmers’ markets to food cooperatives. The film explores how communities in the city are reducing their dependency on the corporate food system, and producing, distributing and consuming food in a sustainable, ecological, and socially just way.
Interspersed with interviews with key academics, journalists and policy advisors, Best Before follows those at the heart of the London food revolution. It may just change the way you eat!
We are delighted to welcome back Professor Martin Caraher, City University Professor of Food, who will introduce the film and contextualise some of its messages. The film will also be followed by a number of short talks from some of the groups working towards a sustainable food system in Ealing, and there will of course be time for hot drinks, cakes and discussion afterwards. As ever the event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free but we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of staging the event.