Urban horticulture and local food: identity, governance and economy in Bath and Bamberg

01 February 2018

New report looks into the rarely researched environmental, social and cultural functions of Urban Agriculture and finds that these should be taken into consideration more often within strategic city planning and cultural heritage management.

Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) and the Otto-Friedrich University (OFU) compare the socio-cultural dimensions of urban agriculture (UA) in Bath and Bamberg (Germany).

They conducted interviews around five themes:
1. The importance of production and consumption of local food
to each city’s heritage/identity.
2. The distribution of food production spaces within each city.
3. Ways which local food quality is communicated, and by whom.
4. Perceptions around the benefits of eating local food.
5. Roles of the different levels of ‘the state’ promoting sustainability.

Read a summary of their findings


Tom Andrews
Soil Association
07 717 802 188

Victoria Williams
Food Matters
0127 343 1713

Ben Reynolds
0207 065 0902

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

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