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Shandon - Edinburgh Group Formation Successes Challenges Lessons
1600 households in mixed accommodation Small neighourhood in Edinburgh One primary school Harrison Park and Canal key public spaces Small local shops Past shops included post office, butcher, fishmonger, baker Local community hall
Making Contact 2008
Four local residents One flyer Three simple questions:
Would you like to be able to eat more locally-grown and seasonal food? Would you like to grow some fruit and vegetables in your garden or back green? Would you like there to be more composting facilities available?
100+ responses and counting!
Forming the Group
Winter Talk Series
Bring and Share
Climate Challenge Fund Project
To examine the current pattern of residents’ behaviour as regards food production, purchase, consumption and disposal in relation to carbon emissions To explore with residents their priorities in developing the Shandon Food Initiative.
Dependent on volunteers Engaging wider community Need to strike a balance between process and action
Champions are Key
Original flyers and idea Volunteers helping with events and more
Food captures imagination Simple local events work