The fruits of my labour…

In the summer I spent a weekend with friends in Bristol and helped out on their allotment.

A few months later they visited me in London and brought with them a basket of veggies fresh from their plot, being a Londoner this was a real novelty for me. I immediately put my name down for an allotment in London and was promptly notified that there would be a 10 year waiting list!

Feeling a little put off by this I discovered Capital Growth, a partnership between London Food Link, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and the Big Lottery's Local Food Fund. Its aim is to help Londoners transform the capital by creating 2,012 new food growing spaces by the end of 2012, there are currently 738. They offer practical help, grants, training and support to groups wanting to establish community food growing projects.

Get involved by setting up a new growing space or volunteer on an existing one. For further information to get involved and search for a plot near you click here, or check out project dirt or landshare.