Croydon is developing a borough-wide approach to promoting healthy and sustainable food and has recently been awarded Food Flagship borough status. Our cross-sectoral, whole-system approach will use food to transform our environment and to tackle obesity, reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes for all our residents. Our Food Partnership Board, which is supported by key organisations has already become the hub of a growing network of forward thinking residents and is the driving force for delivering our Food Flagship and wider ambitions. With their support and commitment, we believe we can transform our food culture for the better.
The Community Food Learning Centre, based in New Addington, offers fantastic cooking and growing lessons, working with both children and adults.
Croydon’s Community Gardening project supports and trains residents to become Master Gardeners and food buddies and helps contribute towards maintaining and utilising the fantastic green spaces we already have.
The Healthy Businesses project, which is being led by the Council’s Economic Development team, aims to support 15 individuals to turn their healthy and sustainable food business ideas into reality.
An integral part of our Food Flagship programme is the work we are doing with our schools. This work compliments our current Healthy School’s Project and we have recently published our first school food plans, which translate national guidance around healthy eating into local action. We are also developing ‘edible playgrounds’, supporting breakfast clubs and helping improve school meal uptake.
More information on the above projects can be found at: www.croydon.gov.uk/foodflagship
Croydon has several independent sustainable food groups, including:
• Croydon Health Services Gardeners
• Big Barn Local Food Producers network
• Croydon Food Swap
Croydon Council Good Egg Policy
Love Food, Hate Waste
Food Growing Schools
The London Plan includes several strategic policies promoting productive landscapes and encourages boroughs to identify other potential spaces that could be used for commercial food production or for community gardening, including allotments and orchards.
In order to deliver new and enhanced green infrastructure the Council applies a presumption in favour of development provided applications assist in the delivery of a Green Grid and meet the requirements of applicable policies of the development plan.
Food Flagship Programme Manager - Public Health
07 717 802 188
0127 343 1713
0207 065 0902
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is
funded by the Esmée Fairbairn