A new project in Ushaw Moor led by local worker’s co-op Abundant Earth, is bringing together individuals of all ages, schools, groups, growers and allotment holders to support one another in the growing of food.  

 Growing Ushaw Moor is about developing an innovative approach to solving food insecurity based on sustainability, dignity, and solidarity and its vision is to enable everyone to grow as much fruit, vegetables and herbs as possible. he  Land Workers Alliance sought funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support around 30 piloet projects around the country; Growing Ushaw Moor being one of them. 

So far the project has sent out lots of ‘grow your own food’ kits; given horticultural support to the Community Garden and raised the profile by encouraging local  people to get involved. This in turn has inspired various groups to use the garden including an NHS social worker and a toddler group. Community garden volunteers were motivated to successfully secure funding for a youth worker to engage local young people. The project has also been growing food all season with the children of St. Josephs school and a summer club with gardening, harvesting and cooking will happen in the village shortly.  A private Facebook group has been set up where residents can ask for support or advice about growing, celebrate their success and get together to help each other.   

Growing Ushaw Moor is hoping to attract further collaboration between groups and to find more ways for those who have never grown food to have the opportunity to do so.  If you can offer support or want to get involved contact beth.silverbirch@gmail.com.