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Let's Grow Black Country

Child watering plantsAn exciting new partnership is being launched this month in the Black Country to encourage local people to grow their own produce. Sandwell charity Ideal for All and the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust are rolling out a two year project to promote food growing and healthy eating. The Let’s Grow Black Country project has received £144k funding from the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme.  The team will deliver fun and educational activities to help people of all ages learn about the benefits of growing and preparing your own food.
 
Schools and groups will be able to take part in visits to Ideal for All’s market gardens, local farms, and the team will also provide outreach sessions to schools and community groups. Let's Grow Black Country will bring hands-on gardening and food growing sessions to schools, children’s centres and community groups, promoting an environment and culture for healthier food and physical activity.
 
Carol Goff, Chair of Ideal for All said: “Let’s Grow Black Country is expanding on the work we already do in Sandwell. Building on the continued success of our work we are rolling our activities out across the Black County. We will be working with teachers, parents and diverse local communities to promote school, home and allotment gardening. The project will encourage individuals and groups to learn about growing food, cooking, and eating fresh and seasonal local food.
 
Our aim is to tackle a trend for unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity. By helping people to understand the importance of growing and cooking fresh and healthy food we are working towards a better understanding of good health and wellbeing in the Black Country.”
 
Neil Wyatt, Chief Executive of the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust said: “The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust promotes using local green spaces to make a better place for people, wildlife and nature. Let’s Grow Black Country will create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to the benefits of growing, preparing and enjoying healthy local food, whether on the farm, school, allotment, garden or window box. The primary aim of our work is to bring about a lasting change in awareness and understanding of how food is produced.”
 
To find out how your school or group can get involved and to start your own urban food growing project please call Veronica Barry or Helen Sneyd at Ideal for All – 0121 558 5555.

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