Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network
Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network (THFGN) was created in August 2010 in response to the resurgence of community food growing activities in the borough. The Network is made up of gardeners of all stripes, from community gardens and allotments, to businesses and individuals growing food on roof terraces or balconies. The network consists of quarterly events, email newsletters, a resource directory and a community seed library. It’s facilitated by a partnership of organisations and co-ordinated by Women’s Environmental Network.
What we do
Network Gathering events are held in Spring, Autumn and Winter. Food growers from across Tower Hamlets are welcome to take part and involve themselves in talks, workshops, activities, information stalls and more. Past events have included a group tour of a local community garden, wild food foraging, food growing Q&A, sessions on composting, container growing, seed saving, and growing non-traditional crops. Each event includes a delicious healthy lunch prepared by local caterers. We are always on the look-out for people who are willing to offer a workshop or talk, or would like to host a stall. We’re grateful to Poplar Harca, East End Homes, Tower Hamlets Homes, Tower Hamlets Community Housing, NHS Tower Hamlets and Wakefield and Tetley Trust, for supporting these events. Information and photos from previous events
Site Support & Capital Growth
WEN is the local lead organisation for Capital Growth in Tower Hamlets; a campaign to create 2,012 new community food growing spaces in London by the end of 2012.
Capital Growth and WEN support food growing spaces in places as diverse as school yards, derelict spaces on housing estates, or on business office rooftops. They might be vegetable gardens, herb gardens or urban orchards. If you’re a Capital Growth space in Tower Hamlets and would like to receive a site visit, please contact food(at)wen.org.uk or call the WEN Local Food team on 0207 481 9004.
If you belong to a community project working with low-income, unemployed or disadvantaged women in the borough, we may be able to provide further training and support through our Spice It Up! programme.
Find your nearest community food growing space
Visit Capital Growth and enter your postcode at the bottom of the page to retrieve a list of your nearest community gardens and view volunteer opportunities.
We are always looking for event volunteers, so please get in touch if you think you can help.
E-news and Project Dirt
Join our email list to receive regular updates from the Network. We advertise volunteer and job opportunities, food growing training, events, workshops and anything else that we think would be of interest to food growers in the borough. This is your newsletter, so please send us details of anything you’d like to promote. You can also join our networking page on Project Dirt to start discussions and find out what’s going on in the area.
For information on where to get tools, compost, seeds, plants and training etc, please download our Resources Directory (pdf)
Tower Hamlets Community Seed Library revives the ancient tradition of seed saving in the heart of London, and allows for the free and open sharing of local seeds. We hope the seed library, in its small way, will help increase plant biodiversity, help people save money, and strengthen our community.