Sutton wins Good Food for London Award

This week the Council was presented with an award for the Most Improved Borough in the Good Food for London Report 2016.
The annual report is a league table and series of maps illustrating how boroughs are performing against a number of sustainable food initiatives. In 2015, Sutton was 14th in the league table, this year the borough has moved up to joint 6th place with Camden Council.

 Good Food Award

Image: Katrina Lloyd (Senior Sustainability Office, LB Sutton) and Rosie Boycott (Chair of the London Food Board that oversees implementation of the Mayor’s Food Strategy)

 

 

Performance in the report is driven through the Sutton Food Forum. The forum was set up in 2014 and is a partnership between the Council, local organisations and the voluntary sector.  The forum meets quarterly to discuss sustainable food projects and monitor progress against the Local and Sustainable targets within One Planet Sutton.

Key achievements reported this year include:

  • Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status, one of only 8 boroughs in London to do so.
  • Progress is being made by schools within the Healthy Schools and Food for Life programmes.
  • The council has achieved full marks in the Community Food Growing category due to the inclusion of community food growing spaces in the draft Local Plan.
  • Sutton has achieved full accreditation for the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative, one of only 11 boroughs in London.
  • The Fairtrade Community Group have maintains the boroughs Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade products.
  • The Sustainable Fish Cities pledge was signed by the borough on behalf of the 32 schools who have brought into the school meals contract.
  • Sutton has achieved two silver food for life catering marks, one of which is for the 32 schools who have brought into the school meals contract.
  • Sutton has achieved the Good Egg award for its purchase of cage free eggs, in the school meals contract and also in the food purchased by the council (e.g. meals on wheels service and meeting refreshments) as well as the lunchtime refreshments sold to staff.

The performance above isn’t down to one organisation, but the variety of organisations across the borough taking action to support the provision of good food across the borough. The progress is great news for both the council and our partners which we are keen to promote as widely as possible.

Upcoming nature events for the family

Bug Hunt!         

Discover which insects are good for your garden and which aren’t. Go on a bug hunt and see them up close!

 

Tuesday 31st Maybug hunt

10.30am – 12 noon

Price: £4 per child

Held at Carshalton Community Allotment, Westmead Allotment Site, SM5 2PW

 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Phone 020 8404 1522 or email beanstalk@ecolocal.org.uk

 

For families with children aged 4+.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Places are limited so we can only accept people who have booked in advance. If you have booked, and then can’t come, please let us know so we can offer your place to somebody else.


 

Super Seeds!       

Meet the seeds that become your favourite vegetables. Create your own mini vegetable garden to take home.

 

Saturday 2nd Julysuper seeds

10.30 – 12 noon

The Circle Library,

SM5 1JJ

 

FREE but Booking with the library is essential.  Please phone 020 8648 6608

Please arrive promptly for the start of the session. For families with children aged 4+.   A responsible adult must remain with the child at all times.

 


 

Bees and Flowers!        

Find out about the secret life of bees and why flowers are so important on your allotment.  See the world through the eyes of a bee and play the bees and flowers game, then try your hand at sowing, planting out and harvesting. 

bees and flowers

 

Thursday 28th July

10.30am – 12 noon

At Carshalton Community Allotment Westmead Allotment Site, Colston Avenue SM5 2PW

Price: £4 per child

 

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

pPhone 020 8404 1522 or email beanstalk@ecolocal.org.uk

 

For families with children aged 4+. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please note that places are limited so we can only accept people who have booked in advance. If you have booked, and then can’t come, please let us know so we can offer your place to somebody else.