Edible Utopia programme promoting biodiversity in London


Somerset House Trust awarded a grant of   £91,000 by City Bridge Trust for Edible Utopia a project promoting biodiversity by educating Londoners on locally grown produce and growing your own organic food.

Edible Utopia will be based in Westminster and aims to give more Londoners a chance to understand biodiversity through growing, cooking and feasting. The grant will be used to provide an outreach manager for the Somerset House Edible Utopia Programme across London.

The programme also hopes to introduce young people to the benefit of locally grown food and its nutritional value. Edible Utopia will hold regular public talks and workshops on the subject of sustainability and biodiversity.

“We are delighted that City Bridge Trust is supporting our Edible Utopia initiative here at Somerset House, which will expand on some of the ideas explored during our Utopia 2016 programme and support our commitment to sustainability. As the Edible Utopia programme unfolds, Londoners will have the opportunity to explore food production and our urban environment in new ways, to experience the benefits of food growing and to explore the hidden horticultural history of the site”  said Director of Somerset House Jonathan Reekie CBE.

Over three million people are expected to visit Somerset House Trust this year to enjoy its  Neoclassical architecture, and its  programme of activities, such as Edible Utopia.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee Alison Gowman, said “We are excited to be able to help a project that will engage the community in key environmental issues. It’s great to be able to fund such a unique and educational project that so many Londoners will be able to benefit from. City Bridge Trust is committed to supporting Londoners to make the city a fairer place to work and live. We are proud to have helped so many projects through the fund that are opening up incredible opportunities and enhancing lives”.

City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

The Trust has awarded around 7,500 grants totalling over £350 million since it first began in 1995.

It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.


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