Bournemouth and Poole Borough councils were successful in their bid to see the area become one of six pioneering locations for the national Sustainable Food Cities project. The project aims to encourage and empower regions to take charge of their food procurement, in a sustainable way.
The BH area is working to implement initiatives to bring fishing operations up to sustainable levels and enhance local food production by engaging with existing communal growing activities, as well as providing many more opportunuities for for people to get gardening.
As part of the action plan, the Bournemouth and Pool partnership also aims to encourage food production in the home garden. A project is being brought to life which will provide residents with the know-how and confidence to turn part of their garden over to food, as well as provide them some “starter” plants to get going with. The pilot for this project is set to run in spring of 2015.
Residents will gain valuable growing experience, which they may like to bring to one of the many community gardens around the BH area, helping the region to head towards a more sustainable and well-fed future.
The Sustainable Food Cities site contains information on all kinds of activities taking place across the country and includes a page detailing the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food Partnerships plans for the coming years.