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From Field to Table

Making local food accessible and affordable.

In 2012, Beverley Town Council launched a local food project called ‘From Field to Table’. This project was successful in being awarded a National Big Lottery grant of over £108,000 as part of the Changing Spaces Local Food programme in 2012. The funding was made available to the Town Council project from April 2012 to March 2014, to celebrate local food, its growers and producers and also encourage people to grow their own food.

These project aims are being achieved through four seasonal events over each year of the project, which include: the Beverley Food Festival; the Christmas Festival of Food and Drink; the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) Open Day at Queensgate and Kitchen Lane allotments; and the mayor’s civic dinner celebration of local food.

The Local Food Awards; the Beverley Food Festival brochure detailing local producers and their products and contact information (which is delivered to 12,000 houses in Beverley and surrounding areas and handed out to nearly 5,000 visitors to the town) as well as the mayor’s charters evening; and the Share Learn Exchange initiative with Ludlow 21’s ‘Grow, Cook, Share’ project, are all additional activitiesthat the grant funding has been able to facilitate.

‘From Field to Table’ is led by project manager Helen Watson and Local Food Co-ordinator, who each work on a part-time basis to deliver the project on behalf of the Town Council. In total, the project has been awarded £119,083.98 in Local Food grants to date, and all of the money is used to meet the project aims to make local food affordable and accessible for everyone.

The remit of the ‘From Field to Table’ project also includes a on Sparkmill allotments. This plot is made available by Beverley Town Council to provide training for people interested in having an allotment, and for community groups, especially primary school-aged children, to visit the plot and get involved with planting, sowing seeds and maintaining vegetable plants. It is hoped that visitors to the plot will realise the many health and wellbeing benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, and enjoy the improved physical and social aspects of having an allotment plot.

The community training plot required some considerable work to clear it, make it accessible and become established. From an overgrown and somewhat neglected area at the start of 2013, the plot has been transformed, thanks to a portion of the grant funding, and the first crops have been planted, harvested and enjoyed already. The plot and its allotment champions entered, and was judged, in the Yorkshire in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign in 2013 and was delighted to receive a 'Developing' Award.

We are very fortunate to work with many partners in delivering the project, and with their help we can make our Food Festival and Christmas Festival of Food & Drink free to attend.  A big, big, THANK YOU to everyone involved, including Beverley Town Council staff and councillors; our Festival volunteers and marshalls; Beverley Folk Festival;  Beverley Real Ale Festival; HEYHA Copper Saucepan apprentice chef competition; Mires Beck Nursery; Beverley Tickton Grange; Hull Paragon Rotarians; photographer Les Gibbon; allotment champions Steve Johnson,  Eric Johnson and Lance Wardle; Beverley in Bloom;  East Riding of Yorkshire Council; Hull College, and East Riding college catering students and tutors; our star-studded local chefs; BBC Look North and BBC Radio Humberside; and all of the other many groups and individuals who so freely give of their time.

Recognition of the Beverley Food Festival has been given by the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) in 2013, where it was a finalist in two categories, the Remarkable Tourism Experience and also the Sustainable Tourism Award. The Festival was awarded 'Best Local Food & Drink Event' in the East Riding Local Food Network Local Food Awards.

If you would like to find out more, or wish to receive information on the planting workshops, or perhaps you would like to get involved in our project, please give us a call on 01482 874096 or email clerk@beverley.gov.uk. We would love to hear from you.

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Beverley Town Council

12 Well Lane

Beverley

East Yorkshire

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clerk@beverley.gov.uk

01482 874096