Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 16:00

Seeds, Soup and Sarnies, a successful initiative by the Eden Project that encourages people to grow their own food and forge strong links in the community, has been given further funding by the Big Lottery Fund to develop the project across England.

The programme started in September 2009 with the aim to help people plant, grow, cook, share and eat together. More than 800 people have taken part in the Big Lottery-funded programme that has been trialled in Cornwall’s China Clay area and central Middlesbrough.

The further £154,000 from the Big Lottery Fund will help to sustain and extend the project to other areas, linking up communities that are diverse in geography and resources. They will be able to support and learn from each other through a calendar of seasonal activities, including a winter seed swap, spring planting, a Big Lunch during the summer and a harvest celebration in autumn. ¬¬¬¬¬

The funding will also be used to train participants of the programme so that they can mentor others in starting their own projects.

The programme is run by Eden, together with ContinYou, who work with families in Middlesbrough and the North East, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and Cornwall Council’s Family Learning (part of the Adult Education Service) who work with families across Cornwall.

John Ellison, Eden Project’s Head of Education Strategy, said: “We’re thrilled to have been given extra funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Throughout the project we’ve seen many people benefit from learning new skills, gaining confidence to become more involved in their local communities, so we’re really looking forward to extending it to new areas.

“In doing so, we hope our families can share their experience, learning and knowhow to create a self-sustaining Seeds, Soup and Sarnies community to strengthen roots in neighbourhoods across England.”

Local families are invited to come to a Seeds Soup and Sarnies event at the Eden Project on May 5, where people can find out how to get involved. For more information, contact Cornwall Family Learning on 01872 327520.