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Feeding Liverpool Hosts Successful Right to Grow Picnic at Everton Community Garden

By Incredible Edible

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A Guest Blog with Feeding Liverpool, written by Dr Sam Green

On a sunny afternoon on 19th June 2024, Feeding Liverpool had the pleasure of hosting a Right to Grow picnic at the Everton Community Garden. The event saw over 40 attendees come together to enjoy fantastic food and engage in meaningful discussions about the Right to Grow campaign.

The picnic provided a wonderful opportunity for community members to gather and share their thoughts on the importance of growing our own food. The atmosphere was lively and collaborative as we brainstormed ideas and challenges that the motion might face. It was encouraging to witness the passion and creativity of our attendees as they contributed to the conversation.

A highlight of the day was the presence of two local councillors who joined us to show their support for the campaign. One of the councillors has committed to working with us to develop the Right to Grow motion as a draft for council consideration, aiming to incorporate it within the existing Right to Food policy. This support from local government representatives is a significant step forward in our mission to empower communities to grow their own food and promote sustainable living.

During the event, we explored potential sites for community gardens using a blown-up map of Liverpool. Participants eagerly identified possible locations, envisioning vibrant green spaces that could benefit neighbourhoods across the city. Adding a splash of colour to the day, attendees also painted a beautiful floral Right to Grow banner.

A reporter from Radio Merseyside also attended the event to interview some of the attendees. Their coverage should help amplify our message and reach a wider audience.

The Right to Grow picnic was a celebration of community, collaboration, and the power of grassroots movements. We are immensely grateful to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the event. Together, we are making strides towards a healthier, more sustainable Liverpool.

Our campaign is proudly linked to the national work championed by Incredible Edible. By aligning with Incredible Edible, we aim to amplify our efforts and join a broader network of communities advocating for the Right To Grow and access healthy, sustainable food.

Thank you to Everton Community Garden for hosting us, and we look forward to taking this campaign onwards.