Tamar Grow Local (TGL) has scooped one national award and one regional award this week.
TGL attended the Western Morning News Business Awards in Plymouth last night where they were announced winner of the Best Community Contribution category for work with local food businesses, growers and bee-keepers in the Tamar Valley under the Tamar Valley Food Hubs and Tamar Valley Honey Co-op projects. TGL also travelled to Manchester earlier on in the week for the Local Food Recognition Awards where the TGL, Growing the Valley project was shortlisted alongside two other projects from across the country.
Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: ‘We are really thrilled to have won these awards. Lots of our members, including volunteers, small producers farmers and landowners have worked really hard to make Tamar Grow Local projects work, it is really nice to have all our efforts recognised nationally, as well as in our local area. We work in collaboration with small food producers, growers, bee-keepers and our community projects to develop co-operative and sustainable ways of building on the famous Tamar Valley growing heritage. Hopefully in turn, TGL is helping to create a positive future for food production in the Tamar Valley.
The Growing the Valley project received funding from Local Food in 2010 and has since been developing sustainable growing projects across the Tamar Valley, including community orchards, village growing schemes, small producer co-operatives and bee-keeping groups and courses.
Mark Wheddon, Local Food Programme Manager said, “The Local Food Recognition Awards seek to celebrate the most outstanding community projects delivered with the help of Local Food funding. All our projects have made a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which they are based, helping local people in all manner of different ways to access, grow, prepare and understand the benefits of fresh, healthy food.
To find out more about Tamar Grow Local and new project Tamar Valley Food Hubs, a not-for-profit online grocer specialising in Tamar Valley food and drink, please visit www.tamargrowlocal.org and www.tamarvalleyfoodhubs.org.uk
Tamar Valley Food Hubs has been generously funded by the Cordiale project, a collaboration between the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and teams from other protected landscapes in southwest England and northwest France. www.cordialeproject.eu Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF