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Monday, 18 July 2016 15:47

Growing Manchester Programme – Open Now!

Need support to help you and your project grow your own healthy, fresh and sustainable food?  Have access to some land for food growing but not sure where to start?  The 'Growing Manchester' programme could be just what you are looking for to help you and your project get started, or take your project to the next level!

The Growing Manchester Programme is now open to new applications for TEN projects to come and join us in our ambition to grow and live sustainably.  For more information on Growing Manchester, eligibility and criteria, visit here.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 16:05
 
Manchester City Council Draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:12

Manchester City Council is beginning a consultation on the draft Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and would welcome any comments you may have on this issue.  

The draft Hot Food Takeaway SPD builds on existing policies in the Core Strategy relating to health and the night time economy, including policies SP1, C1, C2, C10 and DM1. The intention of the SPD is to provide further detail on these policies in relation to hot food takeaways.  A copy of the Core Strategy can be found on the City Council’s website here.

The draft hot food takeaway SPD is the next stage following the Issues and Evidence gathering stage, which was completed last Summer.  This stage seeks comments on the draft document and there are a number of ways to do this.  You can consult via the Planning Portal here, by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by Post to Planning Strategy Team, City Policy, Manchester City Council, Level 5, Town Hall Extension, PO Box 532, Manchester, M60 2LA.

All comments must be received by the Council by 5pm on 20th September 2016.

Following the consultation the Manchester City Council will consider all the comments and possibly make modifications before adopting the final version of the SPD, at which point it will inform the Council’s decision making process.  If you require any further information on this consultation please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Friday on 0161 234 4561.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:39
 
Sustainable Food Cities Manchester
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:04

The Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change.  Sustainable Food Cities aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.

Sustainable Food Cities operate an award scheme, designed to recognise and celebrate the success of those places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues.  The award scheme has a challenging range of key issues to meet in order to achieve accreditation, but we know Manchester has a wealth of organisations and projects already working towards a connected and sustainable food sector; so could Manchester be a Sustainable Food City?  There is more to do, but we hope so and would like you to join Food Futures in our ambition, so if you think you or your organisation are working on a project or initiative that is working towards any of the Sustainable Food Cities criteria, we would love to hear more about it.

For more information about Sustainable Food Cities and the award criteria, visit here or to discuss, please contact Lindsay Laidlaw on telephone 0161 234 3540 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
The HOME Project
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 09:57

The Helping Old Moat Eat (HOME) was a fun and educational project delivered in the Old Moat area to address food poverty through a range of community engagement and learning activities.

Funded through the Manchester City Council Food Poverty Fund and delivered in partnership with Sow the City, Old Moat Greenies, Southway Housing Trust, Old Moat Children’s Centre and South Manchester Healthy Living Network, the HOME project aimed to tackle food poverty through increased access to home grown food, improved awareness of cooking on a budget whilst simultaneously providing volunteering opportunities and skills for employment.

As part of the project, HOME trained local Food Champions who helped to generate interest in the project and spread the message throughout the area where the project was targeted. This involved visiting homes and providing advice, followed up by food growing workshops and healthy cooking on a budget courses, as well as a healthy take away service that aimed to provide healthy and affordable food through its alternative vegetarian menu.

The Old Moat community embraced the HOME project and overall:-

  • Spoke to over 500 people about food poverty and offered basic food advice, either through events, in local homes or in the street. 
  • Trained four local residents to be Food Champions 
  • Held two HOME community events with over 100 people attending.  
  • Created a food growing demonstration garden in the middle of the housing estate for training local residents.
  • Trained 27 people on how to grow food and provided the materials for them to apply this knowledge and grow in their own garden.
  • Ran well attended courses on how to cook on a budget and food safety.
  • Provided healthy take away meal service

If you would like to know more about the HOME project or you are a local resident who would like to connect with a HOME Food Champion, please contact Kieron McGlasson, Sow the City on telephone: 0161 465 6954 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:12
 
Sustainable Fish Cities
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:48

Taking the Sustainable Fish City Pledge!

The Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) Network is an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations that believe in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change.  The Network, which is run by a coalition of non governmental organisations led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain, aims to help people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice in all aspects of sustainable food.  Sustainable Fish Cities is a featured campaign of the Sustainable Food Cities network and seeks to promote Cities, towns and counties where sustainable fish policies are in place.

The Manchester Sustainable Fish City Working Party is a group of individuals who are aiming to work with partners to pledge support for the campaign and attain ‘Sustainable Fish City’ status for Manchester.

The pledge involves working with schools and other partners such as hospitals, higher education venues and work places to pledge a commitment to developing a sustainable seafood policy.  Assessing and monitoring what is served, serving sustainable fish according to the traffic light system of the Marine Conservation Society and communicating the message to influence wider progress are amongst the actions the group aim to achieve.

'Manchester Fayre' is Manchester City Council's catering service and one of the leading agencies to provide meals/catering to many Manchester schools.  Manchester Fayre have been working with the Manchester Sustainable Fish City Working Party and have now signed up to the Sustainable Fish Cities Pledge, ensuring that sustainable fish policies are inherent within their procurement practices.  This is a great achievement, and hopefully with more to come!

If you would like to know more about Sustainable Fish Cities or the working party email Mary Pegington at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or follow the link: www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefishcity/

 

  

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 11:20
 
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