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Mayor launches Capital Growth to boost locally grown food in London

On 4 November 2008, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, launched a scheme to turn 2,012 pieces of land into thriving green spaces to grow food by 2012. The Capital Growth project aims to identify suitable patches of land around London and offer financial and practical support to groups of enthusiastic gardeners or organisations who want to grow food for themselves and for the local community.

On 4 November 2008, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, launched a scheme to turn 2,012 pieces of land into thriving green spaces to grow food by 2012. The Capital Growth project aims to identify suitable patches of land around London and offer financial and practical support to groups of enthusiastic gardeners or organisations who want to grow food for themselves and for the local community. It is expected that a range of organisations will open up land to the scheme including borough councils, schools, hospitals, housing estates, utilities companies and parks. There are already community groups growing food on land across London - Capital Growth will help to expand these organisations whilst encouraging new ones. The Mayor has announced the first organisations to pledge land to Capital Growth: Blenheim Gardens housing estate in Brixton, to be run by social housing residents; a large privately owned residential garden in Morden, where local volunteers will grow and share the harvest; and Latchmere House resettlement prison in Richmond, which will grow food for the canteen and run horticulture and catering training with prisoners to improve skills and employment prospects.

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