Since January, the London Borough of Hounslow has been running the Small Change Big Difference campaign, to help borough residents make small food changes to lead healthier and more sustainable lives, whilst being mindful of food waste.
London households throw away approximately 910,000 tonnes of food each year, of which 640,000 tonnes could have been eaten. This means that each London household could save up to £70 a month by changing the way we shop, prepare, store, eat and dispose of our food.
The Small Change, Big Difference campaign aims to:
- Encourage sustainable eating
- Reduce food waste
- Increase food recycling
The campaign will run until the end of March. Keep an eye out for campaign posters displayed across the borough and follow social media channels where LBH will be sharing more information on the event and roadshows it is carrying out, as well as tips and small changes YOU can make.
Join staff and trustees of Cultivate London on Thursday, 1 November, from 5.30pm to 7pm, for its annual celebration, with a light supper using produce grown on its sites across London.
The event will be held at Wasps FC, Twyford Avenue Sports Ground, Acton W3 9QA and will be preceded by Cultivate London’s AGM at 5pm. From 5.45pm to 6.30pm there will be an informal talk, updating friends and sharing news, followed by questions and feedback.
If you can come, please book a free ticket by clicking on this link to help the organisers plan the catering.
Cultivate London is an urban farm and social enterprise based at multiple derelict sites in West London. It trains unemployed young people in landscaping and horticulture, and works to engage our community in food growing.
The organisation aims to have a long term impact on the lives of young people and change the way Londoners think about their fresh produce and where it comes from.
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it will allow customers to use their own containers for meat and fish from the Morrisons’ Market Street Butcher and Fishmonger counters as from this month.
The new policy is part of a number of measures the Bradford-based supermarket is taking to reduce plastic pollution, in addition to committing to make all its own-brand plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by no later than 2025.
For further information, click here.
Celebrate the longest day of the year, and help Cultivate London raise funds for its youth and community training programmes, by attending an outdoor cocktail party at the Salopian Garden on Tuesday, 20th June 2017, 18.00-22.00.
A range of seasonal canapés prepared by Chef Rob Weston and his team from Michelin Star restaurant La Trompette (Chiswick) will be available on the evening, featuring fresh produce direct from Salopian Garden. Continue reading
Brixton has launched London’s first People’s Fridge, a crowdfunded scheme that tackles the problem of food waste and at the same time contributes to alleviating food poverty.
The idea is that registered businesses, such as supermarkets and food traders, can leave cooked meals in a designated fridge, and people passing are free to help themselves. Individuals can leave food, too, if it’s fresh and unopened. Continue reading
A food-waste supermarket, the first of its kind in the UK, has opened in Pudsey, a suburb of Leeds. The Sharehouse sells surplus food donated by restaurants, allotments, supermarkets and other local businesses, most of which would have ended up in landfill. It is the brainchild of the Real Junk Food Project, a campaigning group that runs food-waste cafes throughout the country. The Project plans to introduce the scheme to every city in the UK.
Source: Time Out, January 17-23, 2017
Abundance London will be celebrating its sixth annual Apple Day this Saturday, 1 October, with fruit-related activities including big apple press, smoothie bike and crafts, plus the sale of chutneys and preserves.
Join in the fun at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bath Road, Chiswick W4, from 12 to 4pm.
About Abundance: Abundance is a project to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit (including apples, pears, plums, quinces, cherries and grapes). It consists of a team of volunteers who have been harvesting city fruit, distributing it, making jams and preserves, and selling the surplus to local restaurants and shops on a non-profit basis, with the money going back into the project or to local charitable organisations.
Want to find out more about healthy eating, reducing food waste and improving sustainability? Then come to Ealing Friends of the Earth‘s public meeting on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, at the Vine Room in St. John’s church in West Ealing. The meeting will run from 7pm to 9pm.
Speakers will include Kierra Box, from Friends of the Earth’s food campaign; Roger St Paul of West London Waste; and Jules Tennick, post-graduate in food safety and control. Recycled/ reclaimed food will be served with refreshments on the day.
Venue: St John’s Church, Mattock Lane, West Ealing W13 9LA
How to get there:
– E2 and E3: stop on Northfield Avenue, a 2-minute walk from the church
– 207 and 427: stop on Uxbridge Road in West Ealing, a 5-minute walk
By train: West Ealing, a 10-minute walk
By Tube: South Ealing (Piccadilly Line), a 20-minute walk
Hope to see you there.
Join Cultivate London as it officially launches its Salopian Kitchen Garden at 689 London Road, Isleworth TW7 4ES, on Saturday, 10 September, from 1pm to 4pm.
Check out the wonderful garden and explore this lovely new place in Hounslow. Also on offer will be pizza from the cob oven, chickens from Hen Corner, Beekeeper Thomas with his hives, art activities for kids (e.g. clay insects, painting), gardening activities and plant sales. You can also learn about volunteer and training opportunities available on site.
Want to know more about how to avoid food waste?
Then come along on Thursday, 25 February, to Ready, Steady…Love Food, a community event in Southall sponsored by West London Waste and FareShare London, an organisation that saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups, who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
The aim of the event is to introduce people to the West London-wide campaign to help families and communities reduce the amount of food they throw away, and to link community groups to FareShare so they can access surplus supermarket food.<! >The evening will include presentations, activities and cooking demonstrations to help you make the most of your food.
You will also be able to
- test your food know-how
- taste delicious food made from the most commonly thrown-away food items
- exchange ideas on how to save money by reducing food waste
- help community groups supporting vulnerable people to access food from FareShare.
To reserve your free place, you can register via this Eventbrite link to Ready, Steady…Love Food Evening , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8825 9468.
Date: Thursday, 25 February
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)
Venue: Dominion Arts Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ