Just found a leaflet from a group PACCT who got Big Lottery funding to educate locals, especially around Parkview and Cranbrook estate.
Being told that 20% of climate emissions com from the food system, is nothing new to me. The question I want to ask why 2 council estates in Tower Hamlets have been selected for this project.
I remember when George Galloway wanted to stop the building of a Tesco Supermarket near Roman Road market; a truly trendy idea, which didn’t get support.
Locals need to get the food that they can afford and in the time they have available.
Whilst Cranbrook estate has allottment like gardening containers and a lot of high tower blocks, Parkview does not have any larger area available for gardening purposes.
The amount of food, which can be grown on housing estates is tiny compared to the amount needed and there is no positive environmental impact other than green leaves producing oxygen.
I suppose this project fits in with the idea to instal a community kitchen in the Glasshouse Community Centre. If you suffer burns, scolds, cuts because you get injured in that project please let us know, we will support you by protesting to local councillors. This project is not covered by the free liability insurance that the Neighbourhood Watch Network provides for NW activities.
People need to be able to afford the food that they eat. This project neither gives them better wages nor employment conditions. The ability to grow food on council estates is highly restricted just by space requirements.
If anybody feels intimitated by going to supermarkets to buy food, please let us know. Please do not hesitate to complain if you get intimitated by this project in any way, whether it’s by eating meat or anything that group doesn’t approve of.
Absolutely food causes 20% of climate emissions but that is also caused by transporting it. Nobody is going to start rice fields on either Cranbrook or Parkview estate will they? We won’t be farming fish in the local canal. We are not letting us getting bullied to get only the food that is available to us grown locally.
It speaks volumes that this project is being run in 2 of the most deprived areas in London. It would make much more sense to run such a project in an area with a lot of gardening space.
We support food growing on balconies and gardens allocated to properties. Neighbourhood Watch as an organisation does not support the project.