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Right to Grow Learning Network June 2024

By Incredible Edible

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This week we hosted another Right to Grow Learning Network with the support of 3 fantastic speakers. If you missed out, you can catch up on the presentations here.

Our first speaker, Les Levidow from Open University shared the findings of a study across 5 boroughs looking at community-led policy innovation for local food growing. He shared with the group a set of practical actionable solutions to overcome the kinds of barriers many community groups face when working with local authorities on community food growing projects.

Janie Bickersteth, from Incredible Edible Lambeth spoke next, sharing the results of a partnership project between Incredible Edible Lambeth and ARUP which worked with council and community leaders to assess ways forward for creating frameworks for community growing within local authorities. Janie, too, shared a valuable set of recommendations for local authorities wanting to better support community food growing, and the community groups seeking to create more opportunities for successful food growing projects.

Finally, Councillor Andrea Berardi from Runnymede Council shared a detailed presentation breaking down the process, obstacles and solutions he followed in his work to secure a Right to Grow policy for his local area. Andrea’s talk will be hugely beneficial to anyone looking for guidance on the practical steps they might need to work through to get a Right to Grow adopted by their council.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to the speakers and everyone who attended. To keep up to date about future Right to Grow learning networks, please sign up to our Right to Grow mailing list, about ¾ of the way down this page.