London Community Gardens Program Update
London is home to 14 community gardens located on municipally owned land. Over 1 000 gardeners are active within the gardens, which are located in neighbourhoods across the city on green space. Community gardens are extremely important and have the ability to improve well-being and create neighbourhood involvement. There are significant tangible benefits associated with successful community gardens including, increased access to fresh, nutritious, low-cost food. Community gardens also provide opportunities for community members to increase their skills, enhance their recreation and physical activity, and engage in collaborative meaningful relationships and build cross-cultural partnerships. Research also shows that community gardens promote healthy communities and can effectively contribute to food security by providing options to stretch a family’s food budget.
LONDON COMMUNITY GARDENS STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
We have now concluded the community engagement process related to the development of the London Community Gardens (LCG) Strategic Plan. The first draft of the Strategic Plan is being developed and community consultation on this draft Plan will happen this summer. The first stage of consultation on the draft document will be conducted via on-line and paper-based methods. Once the feedback has been received from that stage, the plan will be updated and will be presented to the community in a public process. That consultation will likely take place in October 2014.
Thank you for your participation to date in this important process and we look forward to your future involvement.