Our Progress

Some of the projects encouraging Bournemouth residents to grow or buy food more sustainably

Growing our own food in Bournemouth is better for the environment and for the local economy. Buying from local producers cuts carbon emissions from vehicles transporting food from a distance.

Local projects

  • There are six extremely popular allotment sites in Bournemouth where residents can apply for a plot and grow their own food, a new site is currently being developed at Elizabeth Gardens in Springbourne.
  • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association runs the 1.2 acre New Leaf Allotment in Throop. This is a community allotment with a programme of outdoor and horticultural activities for unemployed people, local families, local schools and local community groups.
  • Transition Bournemouth is creating a community garden at Slades Farm recreation ground as part of Bournemouth Slades Farm Plan. It is hoped that in the future this will develop into an urban farm used to inspire the local community to grow their own and raise awareness of sustainable food issues.
  • The new Gladstone Mews development in Boscombe will include allotments and a community orchard
  • Bournemouth is working towards becoming a Fairtrade town
  • Bournemouth and Poole has been successful in bidding for funding from a national programme with the chance of working towards Sustainable Food City status
  • Several restaurants within the Town are part of the Sustainable Restaurant Association.