The Capital Growth network was launched in 2008 to provide practical and financial help to Londoners wanting to set up new food growing spaces in the capital. The scheme is funded by the Mayor of London and the Local Food programme, a £57.5 million fund set up by the Lottery. Capital Growth has helped fund and establish food growing spaces all around London including in schools, prisons, on roofs, in skips, on canal banks and in housing estates.
Bulldog Tools have long been used by gardeners in the UK to cultivate their vegetable plots and so when, in February 2012, Capital Growth launched the ‘Grow for Gold’ competition to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic Games, we decided to help sponsor this important event.
The competition was divided into five categories to celebrate the wide range of community food growing spaces set up across the capital. The categories included: Inspiring food garden, Bee Friendly garden, Learning food garden, People’s food garden and Enterprise food garden.
Among the panel of experienced horticultural judges was Bulldog Tools Marketing Manager, Fred Foot, seen in the featured photograph examining one of the winners, Abbey Gardens in Newham. Fred organised £1,250 worth of Bulldog Tools as prizes for category winners and runners up to support their on-going food production efforts.
A total of 15 gardeners won prizes in the competition with Fred commenting: ‘We were blown away by the quality of the entries. It was really hard to choose the winners, when all the spaces and the groups behind them have made such an impact. It was like splitting hairs to choose, but that’s what we had to do.’ Paola Guzman from Capital Growth, added: ‘This competition was our way of congratulating those groups who have made a real difference, be it with the people they have brought together, the difference they’ve made to their local environment, or the amount they have grown.’
Bulldog Tools have been supporters of Capital Growth for over 3 years and regularly donate their British made garden tools to help and encourage the scheme’s projects all over the capital. We are also keen to promote gardening and food production in inner city communities which are not always thought of as suitable locations for gardening projects.
Capital Gardens have committed to helping Londoners create 2,012 new food growing spaces by the end of 2012 and here at Bulldog Tools we are very happy to support them as they try to achieve this ambitious goal.
You can find details of the Capital Growth project here.