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Capital Growth, London's food-growing network
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Capital Growth is the food-growing network giving Londoners green fingers

It’s one of the many projects helping us build a more sustainable city

By Kyra Hanson
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Great news, aspiring allotment-tenders: London now has its very own food-growing network. Anyone can join, provided they have a space over 1m2 and are growing food or about to start.

The network, Capital Growth, has sown the seeds for more than 2,000 growing spaces across London. As well as the mental and physical benefits of getting to grips with the soil, growing your own is a satisfying way to get fresh, plastic-free produce without the air miles. During WWII, the Dig for Victory campaign made veg patches common across London’s open spaces – even the Tower of London moat had one. Capital Growth is trying to recapture that spirit, minus the war bit.

Feeling green-fingered? All you need to do is join – it’s free, and members get discounts on upcoming events (like an Urban Harvest party in September) and a monthly e-newsletter with lots of wholesome planting advice.

The network’s latest project, Growing Culture, aims to connect us manure-fearing urbanites with our agricultural past via workshops on mindful gardening and autumn and winter veg-growing. If you’re a seasoned London grower, you can even contribute your stories to the scheme’s new oral history of the city’s food-growing heritage. Go on – spill the beans. 

Find out more ways to make London greener by joining our campaign: How to Build a Green City.

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