Wood Green's Selby Centre's community project to set up a garden for local organic produce featured on BBC 1's Inside Out yesterday.
I was sent a link to it that some of you might be interested to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQY-CgR6-KQ&feature=youtu.be
Tottenham’s Selby Centre, set up in 1992 and based on Selby Road near Wood Green, is transforming its grounds into a stunning new community garden where local people will produce and prepare organic foods in an open and friendly environment.
The Selby Centre is using Spacehive.com to raise the £11,500 needed to transform the Selby grounds.
Crowdfunding allows projects to generate funds online, pooling small amounts of money from locals, strangers, businesses and even councils.
The ‘Global Garden, Global Kitchen’ project isn’t just a simple kitchen-garden. The centre will grow an array of rare and colourful produce, from blue carrots to red lettuce, which will act as the basis of the ‘Global Kitchen’.
The centre will host cooking classes and offer hands-on skills for healthy living to the community. They will also sell produce in their on-site café and a new outdoor market to raise funds to keep the centre, which is 70% self-funded, alive.
Tottenham, as well as being one of the UK’s most diverse communities with 40% of the population an ethnic minority, is also one of the UK’s most deprived boroughs with eight out of ten children living below the poverty line, according to a recent New Economics Foundation report. Haringey Council has also capped the number of local fast food outlets in response to a shocking number of obesity-related deaths.
The Selby Centre believes its new culinary endeavour will offer the community a step towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.
The centre will encourage local people to use their newfound cooking skills at home and intends to have local children deliver fresh food parcels to vulnerable people in local council estates, ensuring some of Tottenham’s most deprived people have access to quality fresh food.
Spacehive.com is a social enterprise, backed by Big Lottery, Deloitte and Business In The Community, which is growing in popularity as communities begin to take urban planning into their own hands.
More information about the project can be found here: https://spacehive.com/selbytrustglobalgarden.
The Council "capped the number of fast food outlets." Really? When and how did we do that? Were the planning laws changed? I hadn't noticed any trend.
"Communities begin to take urban planning into their own hands." Great. Anyone gathering evidence and evaluating that claim?
(Tottenham Hale ward councillor)