Promoting healthy and sustainable food

City initiatives

Use the links below to see practical examples of how places around the UK are taking action.

1. Run healthy eating campaigns

Healthy Stockport provides on-line advice on all aspects of healthy eating with practical tips on how to change your diet for the better.

Real Food Wythenshaw supports people across the whole community to lead healthier lifestyles through the food they grow, cook and eat.

West Sussex County Council piloted a Sugar champion programme to promote national Change4Life campaigns on sugar reduction. It included a calendar of events and a network of local champions.

2. Run sustainable food campaigns

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s campaign to support sustainably sourced fish is driving real change across the city.

Cambridge’s Food for a Greener Future was a campaign that ran during the latter part of 2013 and early 2014 promoting local, seasonal, sustainable food.

London’s Cage Free Capital is a campaign to encourage Boroughs to buy higher welfare chicken and cage free eggs.

3. Develop a food charter

Aberdeen Food Charter

Hackney Food Charter

Birmingham Food Charter

Kirklees Food Charter

Bristol Food Charter

Lancashire Food Charter

Cambridge Food Charter

Leicester Food Charter

Cardiff Food Charter

Merton Food Charter

Carlisle Food Charter

Newcastle Food Charter

Durham Food Charter

Oxford Food Charter

Glasgow Good Food for All Charter

Plymouth Food Charter (being updated)

 Gwynedd Food Charter

Stoke-on-Trent Food Charter

4. Develop an identity

A number of cities have created an overarching brand for their sustainable food programmes including: Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Hull, Manchester City, Newcastle, Oxford and Stockport.

5. Use a variety of communications tools

Web sites, social media

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Food Cardiff and Food Plymouth have all developed comprehensive web sites and social media platforms to promote healthy and sustainable food and connect food activists in their cities.

Cambridge's WWII Rationing Challenge innovates in getting people thinking about and taking up healthy and sustainable diets.


Barts Health NHS Trust's video shows their success in becoming more sustainable, cutting 48,511 tonnes of CO2 emissions while making savings of £9.2 million.

Bath & North East Somerset have produced a film which provides a snapshot of the activities which support local, healthy and sustainable food across the district. 

Brighton and Hove have produced a number of films: an introduction to the partnership, a short film showing the multiple benefits of community growing and an introduction to one of their lunch clubs.

Bristol Food Network and Bristol Food Policy Council have produced excellent short films to support their Bristol Good Food message and plan.

Devon community food projects explore food justice

Good Food Oxford have produced a video on their partnership, Network and the work they deliver together.

Liverpool Food for Real film festival seeks to explore the environmental, cultural and political impacts of the foods we grow, eat, waste and share.

Middlesbrough's local food video highlights what Growing Middlesbrough is doing to improve access to local food.

Oldham Food Network has produced a video to inform the community of their ambitions to become a sustainable food city

Plymouth Big Food Event film.

Stoke-on-Trent have produced a video capturing what they aim to achieve by becoming a Sustainable Food City, what this would mean for the people, economy and environment.


Listen to a radio interview of Emily O’Brien, Project Manager at Brighton & Hove Food Partnership who offers us a definition of food poverty and discusses how Brighton & Hove is working as a city to address this increasing problem.


Watch Belfast Food Network's Kerry Melville discuss the partnership's food poverty work on local TV.

Watch Sustainable Food Lancashire's Kay Johnson on Lancashire Headline News discussing Food Champions project. 

6. Create opportunities for the public to see, taste and learn

Food festivals

Abergavenny food festival 

Bite Cardiff 

Eat Cambridge

EAT! NewcastleGateshead

Flavourfest (Plymouth)

Ludlow Food Festival

Town meals


Hull Harvest Feastival

7. Map and promote community food projects

Bath’s Map of community allotments

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Volunteer recruitment

Bristol Food Network’s Get Growing garden trail and Good Food Guide

Share Cardiff (in progress)

Incredible Edible Lambeth has an online map of community food growing projects across the borough

London’s Capital Growth space finder maps hundreds of growing spaces across the city where volunteers can get involved

Pilton’s Food for Thought Forum

8. Create new opportunities for people to buy

Barnsley’s Community Shop offers cut price surplus supermarket food along with cookery classes and advice services to communities.

Cambridge's Community Bakery CamBake was a voluntary group of bakers providing low-cost unadulterated freshly-made bread to the local community.

Cardiff’s Get Ffresh pop-up shop was designed to provide residents from a variety of neighbourhoods with a regular opportunity to buy affordable fruit and veg.

Leicester’s Community Harvest Whetstone offers the opportunity for people to try fresh, healthy and seasonal vegetables on a trial basis.

Oxford’s VegVan sells fresh, locally-produced food at regular weekly mini-markets throughout the city and county.

Stockport’s Penny Lane Pantry enables members to have access to hugely discounted food items and to try new food.

West Lothian’s Home and workplace delivery scheme is a food co-op bulk buying and delivering fresh food and staples to the local community.

Farmer’s Markets: Bath farmers' market, Cardiff Riverside Community Market Association, Keynsham farmers' market, Midsomer Norton farmers' market, Whitstable Farmer's Market, Wolvercote Farmers Market.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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