There are also a number of food growing projects in Hackney and the City that help to improve access to, and acceptability of, fruit and vegetables as a food source.  Current local projects related to food growing include:

  • Capital Growth initiative, involving food growing on 159 sites across Hackney, many of which are on social housing estates
  • around 20 allotments on Golden Lane Estate in the City, run by the Golden Lane Baggers (recently awarded funding to upgrade their planting facilities)
  • transfer of approximately 30 planted containers into mini-allotments by the Barbican estate in the City, run by volunteers and worked by residents
  • a mini-orchard on Fann Street in the City of London, which is paid for, planted by and cared for by the Friends of City Gardens

Box 6: Case study – Food growing in schools for City of London children

A London-wide initiative, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the GLA was set up to encourage children to grow and eat healthy food.  Friends of City Gardens (FoCG) support Sir John Cass Primary School and Prior Weston School (located in Islington but with a high number of City of London children attending), running weekly sessions as part of their curriculum-based theme of ‘explorers’.  Pupils plant potatoes, peas and beans in the school rooftop garden, and learn how to cook using the vegetables and herbs they have grown.


FoCG also supports the weekly Gardening Club at Prior Western Primary School, providing materials and plants for gardening sessions, organising wildlife garden visits and running cooking and tasting sessions.  FoCG is helping the school to create a rooftop vegetable garden and mobilised nearly 40 volunteers from the local community for a weekend clean-up session.