Story by Camilla Cameron
The other day I made a visit to a fab new grow and eat project in the Newcastle area – the North East Food Discovery Initiative – better known locally as “Wor Lotty”!
This Big Lottery funded project is being run by Newcastle-based food charity, East End Health, and the Country Trust with the aim of educating kids and communities to learn about, and enjoy, nutritious and delicious local food through, amongst other things, farm visits, food growing, cook and eat sessions and talks from local producers.
The centre of the project is the wonderful Wor Lotty, pictured above, where kids from 18 local schools, and their families, will have the chance to grow their own produce and learn about seasonality, organics and the food heritage of the North East. Last Monday they had their first growing session with pupils from a local school planting beans, peas and potatoes and potting on tomatoes. It was a fantastic success and hugely popular with the kids and teachers involved.
As you can see, the wonderful ladies in charge of the Wor Lotty project, Laura Wallace [pictured] and Joanna Lacey, have done staggering things in the plot in just a few weeks. Only a very short while ago the site was just a scrubby patch of grass! Laura tells me though that, despite their great efforts and obvious greenfingers, they are always keen to hear from local gardening clubs, allotment groups, or individuals who may be able to offer support or practical help, such as surplus plants or spare tools, or who may be interested in volunteering with them. If you think you could help, or want to find out more, why not contact Laura or Joanna through www.eastendhealth.org.uk?
About the author: Camilla Cameron is the Campaigns Manager for Jamie Oliver Ltd