eNewsletter Winter 2019

Peterborough Environment Capital

Local and Sustainable Food


Why we need to produce and process foods locally:
Food security is becoming an increasingly pressing issue; where we get our food from and what we eat has significant environmental impacts. Peterborough is well placed to make the most of Local and Sustainable food as it is close to some of the best quality arable land in Europe.

What we need to do:
Increase the % of food consumed in Peterborough that is produced and processed within 100 miles of the city.  

Peterborough is already working towards local and sustainable food:

  • There are 1450 allotments at 250m2/allotment, of which 93% are currently occupied.
  • Quarterly farmers markets are held on Bridge Street and stalls at the City Market also specialise in local produce.
  • The Green Backyard, a community growing project set up in 2009 and located in the city centre enables volunteers to learn about growing and preparing seasonal food.
  • Over 1000 Greeniversity courses have taken place teaching attendees how to grow and cook home-grown or locally sourced produce.
  • A Food Group organised by Peterborough Environment City Trust was established in 2012 and represents ten organisations, all of which are helping to deliver the 2050 vision.
  • Riverford Organics is based locally at Sacrewell Farm and delivers vegetable boxes to houses across the region, however only 750 houses in Peterborough receive boxes.
  • The Peterborough Food Bank has already distributed approx. 2000 tonnes of food.
  • The Love Local initiative has planted 800 accessible fruit trees around the city.
  • In 2007 the council committed to support the city’s aspiration to achieve Fairtrade city status.
  • Via Amey 75% of fresh produce and 40% of meat is from East Anglia.
  • There are 1,450 allotments in the city and 93% are occupied.
  • The area’s agri-food industry generates around £2 billion of food-related trade.


  • Britain’s supermarkets generate 300,000 tonnes of food waste every year.

Targets to 2020:

  • Achieve and maintain Fairtrade city status.
  • Seek funding to introduce a scheme to identify and promote restaurants and food outlets that offer local and sustainable food.
  • Actively promote the conservation and wise use of productive land.

Related links:

BBC-Health:Nutrition - A good diet is central to overall good health, but do you know the best foods to include in your meals, and those best avoided? This website looks at the facts, to help you make realistic, informed choices.
British Heart Foundation -  Provides fantastic, practical advise about living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
British Nutrition Foundation - Provides nutrition information for teachers, health professionals, scientists, and general public. Publications, conferences and educational resources.
Change4Life - Change4Life has loads of healthy eating tips and recipes, and fun ways to exercise. Change4Life is here to help you and your kids eat well and move more.
Eat the Seasons - Seasonal food information, tips and recipe ideas, updated every week.
Five-a-day - Why five a day is important and how you can get your five portions of fruit and veg.
Food Standards Agency - UK Government body shows current research in food safety, nutrition and food-related disease, with notes on scientific surveys, enforcement of good practice.
Food Facts - Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. 
Love British Food - The one-stop-shop for consumers, retailers, caterers and schools wanting to enjoy the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces.
NHS - Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.
Riverford Organic vegetables - Riverford delivers organic fruit, veg and meat boxes and other fresh food from a network of five farms.
School Food Trust - Information about school food and school food skills.
Map of Local Wild Food


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