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Share your views on Alston Moor food growing

From community allotments and farms to shared orchards, Alston Moor residents are invited to share their views on food-growing options for their area.

Alston Moor residents are being invited to share their opinions on options for community food growing in the area.

Expert grower Lynn Barnes, from Vista Veg, the vegetable box scheme based in Crosby Ravensworth, has been looking into different ways for people to collectively grow food and develop food-growing enterprises.

It’s part of the Alston Moor Greenprint project led by Cumbria Action for Sustainability and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Lynn has identified several sites on Alston Moor that show great potential for growing fruit and vegetables.

Along with a group of enthusiastic volunteers, she has been finding out about different models – from shared allotments and orchards to a community farm, with visits to sites around Cumbria and the North East.

“We want to hear what local residents think of the options we’ve uncovered for community food growing, and what people feel they need and would like to see in the area,” said Roe Baker, the Greenprint manager.

“We’re also really keen to hear from anyone interested in setting up their own business linked to food growing.”

The drop-in session is at Alston Town Hall on Thursday 18 April, from 2pm to 6pm.

There’s more information about the food growing feasibility study at or email [email protected].

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