'Garden Enfield' plan set for showcase

By Jim Dunton - Thu 27 February 2014, 4:30 pm

Ambitious plans to turn Enfield into the market-gardening capital of London are set to be showcased at a City Hall event.

The Garden Enfield project aims to combine community growing with large-scale food production to create 1,200 jobs and generate income.

Ultimately, the initiative seeks to establish Enfield Council as a major supplier of fresh food in London and dramatically increase the amount of communal land used to grow produce.

It said the move would help to offset government funding cuts, create training opportunities, and reduce the field-to-table “food miles” travelled by produce.

So far, Enfield has established three acres of land set aside for vegetable growing at Forty Hall Farm, started a programmme to get schools growing their own vegetables for school dinners, and launched a vegetable box delivery scheme serving 30 customers a week.

Councillor Del Goddard, Enfield’s business and regeneration lead, said the plans were “ambitious but feasible” and would put the borough at the forefront of food production in the capital.

“This scheme is good for the environment, reduces the distance our food has to travel between the field and our plates and will help to create hundreds of jobs,” he said.

“It also gives our schools, residents and businesses the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables so our borough is more self-sufficient and far less dependent on imported food than it is at present.”

Enfield will showcase the project at a City Hall conference on 5 March.