Westminster City Council has funded an inner-city food growing scheme, teaching families about healthy eating and giving children access to healthier food.
The council has built food growing gardens in eight housing estates across Westminster offering residents without gardens an opportunity to grow their own herbs and vegetables. The scheme aims to bring communities together and encourage families to grow their own fresh, healthy ingredients for cooking.
One such project is at Glastonbury House where a series of garden boxes have been installed in the middle of a busy housing estate, with residents offered their own patch of land to grow food on.
Mohammed, age 9, lives on the estate and looks after his family’s new garden box with his mum. He said: “My mum went down to do some gardening and asked me if I wanted to go. Now I come down every day to water the plants. It’s the first time I’ve done any gardening, I didn’t know it could be fun. Now we use the vegetables we’ve grown in salad at home.”
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health at Westminster City Council said: “Tackling childhood obesity is one of the biggest challenges facing Westminster. Our food growing gardens are bringing communities together and creating a greater understanding of healthy eating in homes right across the city. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to ensure young people have a healthy childhood which is why I’m really pleased to see that the response to our food growing scheme has been so positive.”