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05 Nov 2008 02:11:46

Mayor announces London organic food programme

Mayor announces London organic food programme
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at boosting food-growing efforts within the capital.

Revealing the programme alongside the chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott, the former Tory MP confirmed that a number of local housing estates are to be handed over to local residents in an effort to promote the preservation of green spaces amid the urban sprawl.

Included in the new programme of initiatives are Blenheim Gardens in Brixton and a large private garden in Morden, which will both see small-scale gardens handed over to local control.

Furthermore, the kitchen of the Latchmore House residential prison in Richmond will be supplied by food grown by prisoners and staff being trained to improve their horticultural skills, the mayor confirmed.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Johnson stated: "Linking up currently unloved patches of land with people who want to discover the wonders of growing their own food, delivers massive benefits.

"It will help to make London a greener, more pleasant place to live whilst providing healthy and affordable food."

The push for healthy eating is also benefiting from the support of celebrity gardener Monty Don, as well as the London Development Agency.



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