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First, prepare the ground – press release June 2012

Grow Wild is an exciting new food growing, sharing and eating project in New
Cross and the surrounding areas. With £90,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s
Local Food scheme to be spent over the next two years, Grow Wild is out
to make a difference and have a lot of fun in doing so. Grow Wild is run by
a groundbreaking community partnership looking to promote innovative and
unusual ways to engage people in food growing and cooking. Grow Wild will be
creating three new part time jobs locally, a Project Manager, Food Activities Co-
ordinator and a Growing Activities Co-ordinator, to make wild fun things happen
around food.

Imogen Slater, co-author of the grant application and a Trustee of Edmund
Waller Community Services, one of six core partners in the Grow Wild Project,

“Grow Wild is a project promoting the pleasures of growing and eating food.
We want to connect people, draw new people into food growing, and draw
more people in to sharing skills and experience. ”

Jill Mountford, Community Development Manager, NXG Trust (incorporating
Green Shoots) said:

“It’s our intention to bring together more than 20 local groups and projects,
sometimes doing small activities, sometimes doing big community events, but
whatever we do we want it to be fun, daring and involve as a broad a range of
people as possible. Look out for the big Grow Wild launch in early September.”

Grow Wild intends to put the area on the map as a centre of excellence in inner-
city food growing, sharing and eating, if you like what you’re reading here keep a
lookout for the big Grow Wild launch in early September or contact us to find out
more or get involved in the Grow Wild project.

The other core partners are Common Growth Community Garden, Bold Vision,
Transition Towns New Cross and the Hill Station Community Café. The project
has already had good support from many other organisations and agencies
including Lewisham Council, Edmund Waller School, Telegraph Hill Community
Centre, Oak Hill Community Nursery, New Cross People’s Library, Deptford
Allotments and NHS Public Health. Grow Wild will work closely with local
partners to promote the project and ensure maximum benefits for local people.

Please contact us at: [email protected]

Notes to editors

Local Food: has been developed by a consortium of 16 national
environmental organisations, and is managed on their behalf by
the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT). Supported by the
Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme, Local Food will
distribute grants to a variety of food related projects to make
locally grown food more accessible. www.localfood.org

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT): is a registered
charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to promote conservation
and manage environmental programmes throughout the whole
of the UK. It has established management systems for holding
and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million annually to
environmental projects across the UK.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme was
launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and
improve their local environments. The programme funds a range
of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to
education projects teaching people about the local environment.

The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good
cause distributors, has been rolling out £2 million in Lottery good
cause money every 24 hours to health, education, environment
and charitable causes across the UK. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.

David Wild

Wildlife Photographer at Growwild.org.uk
I'm obsessed with photography, taking on projects involving animals, environmental causes and gardening projects. I live in London, in the United Kingdom.