Leeds Edible Schools: Grow your own initiative hits web

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A SUCCESSFUL initiative to promote local food growing in Leeds is to branch out on to the internet.

Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network (LESSN) works with organisations and schools across the city to help bring the many benefits of do-it-yourself urban agriculture to children and their families, by offering expert advice and support for application in classrooms, dining rooms and school grounds.

The Leeds Metropolitan University-funded project is set to launch an interactive new website to try and get more people around Leeds growing their own vegetables, with helpful advice and pointers available.

LESSN co-ordinator, film-maker and part-time Leeds Met Landscape Architecture lecturer, Tom Bliss, has produced a video which can be viewed on the website, and explains why the project was launched.

He said: “We knew some schools in Leeds were doing fantastic work around food, well-being and sustainability, while others were struggling for one reason or another. LESSN is proving to be an effective way of helping schools of all types to move towards a more resilient, healthy and sustainable future.

“The website will support this goal, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how the content impacts on the schools and communities who take up the LESSN challenge. We also hope the site will help to spread the word about what LESSN and Feed Leeds are doing, generating further interest, bringing in additional experience and expertise, and encouraging more local schools and groups to get involved.”

The new website www.lessn.info, funded by the LSI, will be launched on February 1.

LESSN was formed in October 2012 following the suggestion by Incredible Edible Todmorden’s Pam Warhurst. Its researchers are currently conducting a range of exercises in collaboration with various Leeds Met departments.

For further information email Tom Bliss tom@urbal.tv.

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