Celebrity TV Gardener Joe Swift to open
Urban Food Growing Festival – 21-30 March 2014
Garden designer, journalist and television personality Joe Swift will officially open Waltham Forest Council’s urban food growing festival this Friday 21st March at Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG at 5.30pm.
Joe is a key presenter on BBC Gardeners World, co-anchor of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show and author of three published books including Joe’s Allotment – planning and planting a productive plot.
Joe will join Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, at the Grow Waltham Forest Conference marking the launch of Cultivate, Waltham Forest Council’s first urban food growing festival. Other inspirational leaders in the urban food growing sector, will include Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden, alongside the local Waltham Forest voices of Organiclea and Transition Leytonstone.
Joe will formally open the week of events that includes:
Festival at a Glance:
21 March – Grow Waltham Forest: a conference shaping the future of food growing in the borough led by Capital Growth
22 March – The Big Dig: A borough-wide day preparing to grow food together
27 March – Gardeners’ Q&A: Expert green-fingered tips, ideas and solutions to help own food cultivation
Get Growing In Your School: How to start and run your own school garden
29 March – Food-a-Fair: A day out celebrating food growing and making from plot to plate
30 March – OrganicLea Open Day: Discover Hawkwood Plant Nursery
21-30 March – Fringe Festival: Promoting food growing initiatives across the whole community
Cllr Clyde Loakes, who is championing the initiative for Waltham Forest says:
“We are delighted that Joe will be joining us to support the event. There is an exciting week planned and we want to make the most of all the opportunities there are in the borough to grow food and encourage local people to get involved.”
Full event details and links to booking can be found at the Cultivate Waltham Forest website: www.cultivatewf.org