Grow Your Own fruit and veg

Freegle/PACT Grow your own project

The Penrith and Eden District Freegle group is receiving funding from the Big Lottery funded Sustainable Eden project run by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) during 2013, 2014 and 2015.  The funds will be handled by Freegle UK and some of the work is being sub-contracted to PACT.

Freegle aims to support the growing of food in Eden District by helping people pass on unwanted seeds, plants, trees and surplus produce to others for free. The Freegle Direct web service has been set up to enable people to join, offer and request items in a garden category.   CAfS and the PACT Food Group will help with local publicity such as films and events, and encourage skill-sharing to start alleviating food poverty.

Please complete these two surveys before the end of Sunday 6th December 2015

Freegle has a target of 500 people in Eden District exchanging locally grown food stuffs by the end of the project.

Please read our Year One report.

Freegle Grow Your Own Sustain Eden Cumbria Action for Sustainability Project funded by the Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably fund

Main project actions

Penrith and Eden District Gardening sub-group

  • Most Freegle groups are now accessed by the Freegle Direct web service.
  • You can now join the Penrith and Eden District Freegle group and opt to see only messages in the gardening category.
  • Statistics will be kept of the number of people who hand over items in the gardening category

Local publicity

  • Freegle and PACT will run local events to publicise grow-your-own
  • PACT will produce films on growing and a case study
  • Freegle will provide a phone service to help people place offers or requests

Other activities

  • PACT and Freegle are organising a Visiting Edible Gardens programme for 2014 and 2015 to help people share their gardening tips and skills.
  • PACT has created a "Egg Map" website that maps where items are available "at the gate", eg eggs for sale, surplus rhubarb free or for a donation.

Main events

Local links