Tamar Valley food enterprise project up for national award

A food-growing project in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall has been shortlisted for a national award by Local Food, a £59.8m scheme that distributes grants from the Big Lottery Fund to projects helping to make locally grown food accessible and affordable to communities.

The Growing the Valley project, which is run by Tamar Grow Local CIC, will now compete against two other projects from across England for the chance to be named winners of the Enterprise category in the Local Food Recognition Awards 2013.

In 2010, the project received £101,649 in funding from Local Food to increase local food production and composting in the Tamar Valley through the development of a series of linked sustainable community food growing projects, working closely with partners, local communities, landowners and growers, and developing the associated growing skills, health and social benefits.  This has involved the establishment of 4 new Community Supported Agriculture schemes, 5 new local food co-ops, and the creation of 3 new community orchards.  The project has also developed beekeeping courses and grafting workshops, and involved hundreds of volunteers in practical work on land-based projects, as well as marketing and other organisational support work.

The Local Food Recognition Awards are an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate some of the hundreds of outstanding community projects that Local Food has funded since the programme opened in 2008.

All 500 Local Food projects were invited to enter the Awards in 4 categories – Small Grants, Community Food Growing, Education and Learning, and Enterprise.  Shortlisted projects will be judged by an external panel in September, and the winners in each category will be unveiled in November at an event at The Lowry in Manchester.

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, so to be shortlisted for an Award is a tremendous achievement. Many Local Food projects have gone beyond the original aims of the programme and are having much wider impacts in their communities, so our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.” 

Simon Platten, Project Manager, Tamar Grow Local CIC, said:

“We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for this national award and have been really pleased with the response from local people who have got involved and really got the project off the ground.”

For further information, please contact:

Simon Platten, Project Manager, Tamar Grow Local CIC: 07887 983143 / simon@tamargrowlocal.org

Lorraine Mullally, PR and Communications Manager, Local Food: 01636 670105 / lmullally@rswt.org



Notes for Editors

Local Food (www.localfoodgrants.org) is a £59.8 million programme that distributes money from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to a variety of food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to communities. It was developed by a consortium of 17 national environmental organisations, and is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT).

RSWT is a registered charity incorporated by Royal charter to promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the UK. It has established management systems for holding and distributing funds totalling more than £20 million a year.

The Big Lottery Fund (www.biglotteryfund.org.uk) is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding. It is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need, awarding over £4.4 billion to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since 2004.