Food growing, preservation, and composting

Ever thought about growing food locally?

As we aim to become a model 21st-century estate, one of Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team’s key goals is to make the estate carbon-neutral by 2030! A key part of this goal is the creation and development of garden spaces on the estate, as well as increasing access to food-growing.
Growing food and gardening can be a rewarding experience. This page provides a guide for a circular approach to food from how to grow it to current options for preventing food waste as well as how to compost. Through funding from the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) and the environmental charity Hubbub, we are continuing to expand the amount of fresh food grown on the Lancaster West estate. The NCIL funding was pioneered by residents in partnership with the LWRA. There are several different spaces around the estate where food is grown, please have a look at the map to familiarise yourself with these spaces!

Where are the food growing spaces? 

There are several different spaces around the estate where food is grown, please have a look at the map to familiarise yourself with these spaces!
There are currently 5 food-growing spaces on the estate: The Lancaster West Estate Tea Garden
The Lancaster West Estate Secret Garden
Verity Close Garden of Life
Talbot Grove House Food Planters
North Kensington Resource Centre food planters

Would you like to learn more about gardening, food and sustainable practices?

Saturday Food Growing Club We have partnered with Meristem to deliver food growing every first Saturday of the month – email robert.halbert-pereno@rbkc.gov.uk to find out more! 
The Sustainability Series
The sustainability team hosts monthly sustainability series please follow the link below if you would like to see when the next one is planned or to rewatch previous ones
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MintImproves cold symptoms, aidsweight loss, anddecreases indigestion
RosemaryIs antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, andantiapoptotic
ParsleyIs a powerful diuretic, itreduces bloating, reduces blood pressure and is a source of vitamin K 
ThymeIs rich in vitamin Aand C, it fights acne, lowers bloodpressure, alleviatescoughs, and is animmune booster
Fennel seedsAre an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory,and anti-bacterial food source
Lemon balmReduces stress, reduces anxiety, promotes sleep, improves appetite,and improves indigestion
OreganoIs anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and an antidote to certain poisons! 
KaleIs rich inantioxidants 

Would you like to start your own food growing project? We can support you!

We offer free Indoor Smart Garden devices for Lancaster West residents!  

Indoor Smart Gardens are innovative devices that care for themselves and grow fresh, flavourful herbs, fruits and vegetables for you.
If you have other ideas for food growing on the estate, please get in touch with us!
We can also help by providing grow bags that you can use to grow plants on your balcony.  

If you would like a free indoor smart garden or have other ideas for food growing please email alana.mann@rbkc.gov.uk or call 07812 507689.  
Full guide to Indoor Smart Gardens

How to reduce food waste?

The community fridge aims to reduce food waste through redistributing and using food. 
Working in partnership with the LWRA we receive donations through the Felix Project and the City Harvest. These donations are then used to stock the community fridge as well as to support the community meals held in the North Kensington Resource Centre. The fridge can be found in the Garden Cafe at Baseline Business Studios.

If you have surplus food that you are likely to not finish before its expiration date, please feel free to place it in the fridge for someone else to use. This way we can work together in reducing food waste.

The gardening team frequently adds fresh herbs to the fridge. We are currently expanding the amount of food that we grow on the estate so keep an eye out for that!

Would you like to learn more about food and garden waste?

We are working on expanding the amount of food waste bins that we have available around the estate, and through 2024 aim for every home on the Lancaster West Estate to have one. 
Currently, there are three drop-off points for food waste:-Hurstway Walk-Testerton Walk -Barandon Walk.

If you would like a personal food waste bin, please reach out to Ruby.Harvey@rbkc.gov.uk

You will be provided with a small caddy and food waste bags. Once the baggy is full you can drop it off in one of the collection points.
See more about what we have done previously by following the link below. 
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