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Mayor backs Enfield food growing regeneration
Plans to resurrect the borough’s food growing heritage has taken a huge boost after it received backing from the Mayor of London.
Coming from the Mayor’s £70 million regeneration fun, Enfield Borough Council has secured £600,000 not only to help restore the food growing history in the borough but aims to create more than 1,000 jobs.
A proposed market garden aims to start developing a co-operative growing model this year where residents, community groups and other organisations work with the council to grow their own produce and explore avenues for selling of crops locally and commercially.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "My regeneration fund is targeting innovative projects that will drive growth and prosperity. Enfield's market garden fits the bill as a bold and ambitious initiative which is set to reap a range of economic and social benefits. Local people will have ready access to fresh food grown on their doorstep, knowing that it is creating jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities in the area."
Enfield Council's cabinet member for business and regeneration, Councillor Del Goddard, said: "We want people to help us rediscover the borough's food producing heritage to turn Enfield into a large scale food producer, both at a community level but also ultimately on a borough-wide scale.
"This welcome investment will help us create jobs, provide food locally, diversify the borough's economy and encourage residents to produce their own food. We are sowing the seeds to enable us to produce healthy, wholesome, sustainable local food rather than relying on produce which is transported into the borough from around the world."
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