RISC/Food4Families

Project: Whitley GrowAllot – Reading

Funded: £1732 Whitley GrowAllot has developed an unused triangle of land into a thriving food growing space managed by local residents where they can come and learn from a horticultural expert how to grow fruit and vegetables together.

Bid Summary: During 2013 TVH and F4F worked in partnership to deliver ‘gardening experiences’ to 5 different TVH sites, where residents were able to receive an introduction to food growing. 2 of these sites also created small raised beds in communal gardens where residents were supported in growing a selection of vegetables, which they could harvest for their own consumption. Whitley GrowAllot community allotment is under a mile from the TVH sites involved and by covering the costs for an experienced horticulture tutor to run a weekly community drop-in session at the allotment the TVH residents would be able to continue developing their food growing skills and meet other keen growers in their community. The allotment is open to all local residents, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. One of the families that currently attends the project is a TVHA resident. All growing is done communally in raised beds, including some modified for those with reduced mobility and a poly-tunnel, which helps extend the growing season.