A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Market Garden City funding award

We’ve been quietly working on plans to develop our growing site in Chingford over the last year and we’re delighted to have been awarded £1.2 million from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund that will see our vision come to life.

The funding will help us and the Wolves Lane Centre in Haringey to create new facilities that will support both sites to thrive as vital pieces of community infrastructure in London.

The ‘Market Garden City’ project aims to create and expand on our existing work that sees our community engage in sustainable food growing, food distribution, healthy eating and cooking, and nature connection through volunteering, training, employment and enterprise. At Wolves Lane, we’re working in a Consortium with the Ubele Initiative and Crop Drop and local volunteers to renew the dilapidated facilities and develop a thriving community hub.

Architects Pedro Gil and Paloma Gormley have been working closely with us on our plans for the new facilities, which will provide a crucial example of low-impact construction techniques and materials that can be delivered at scale, which the construction industry urgently needs to adapt to in the face of the climate emergency.

We’re excited to set a powerful precedent for the integration of community and green space in London, starting in Waltham Forest and Haringey. Watch this space as we share our plans as they take shape through the coming year.

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