Sustain's new guide to help councils create edible parks

19 October 2018

Sustain has published a new guide to support councils to incorporate edible gardens into parks as a way to tackle social isolation, poor health and diet and childhood obesity.

The guide, co-written with Sustain member Shared Assets, builds on their experience in this area and shows councils not only the many benefits of using parks for food growing, but the different options for working with their local communities to manage these sites.The production of the guide is timely as councils, struggling with budget cuts, are looking for new ways of working and to find ways to use their public assets to meet a wider agenda. The guide covers:

  • A summary of the evidence of the horticultural and amenity value of food growing spaces, and their function as multi-purpose public assets that can enable local authorities to meet their objectives around economic resilience, social wellbeing and environmental sustainability.
  • A breakdown of the types of food growing in park and the options available for ways of working ranging from leading to facilitating to trusting local communities to lead
  • Numerous case studies from across the country, including Oldham, Barking and Dagenham and Brighton and Hove.
  • Recommendations for next steps.

More info and download the guide


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
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