20 Apr

First Leicestershire Food Summit, takes place at Stanford Hall

A group of people who work with the land in an ariel photograph holding assorted farm tools

The First Leicestershire Food Summit has taken place at Stanford Hall, near Lutterworth. The Leicestershire County Council organised event brought together delegates from the NHS, National Farmers’ Union, local food banks and poverty groups.

It was also attended by colleges and university representatives, farmers and organic growers, the Soil Association, dieticians, as well as council officers and Leicestershire businesses.

Gavin Fletcher, Regional Senior Energy Projects officer of The LLEP and, Co-ordinator of Good Food Leicestershire, organised the event saying,

“We are living in times when having a strong and sustainable local food system has never been more important.

“In Leicestershire we have many organisations within the food system. The summit was to acknowledge the work taking place, but also looking at how we can create a future enhanced by local food procurement, less waste and pollution and ensuring that food poverty is decreased.

“It was a great day at Stanford Hall, and I think we all came away with more knowledge of the food landscape than we did when we arrived.”

The summit consisted of tours, workshops and a keynote speaker – Joe Stanley, an Ashby farmer, NFU representative and Allerton Project figurehead.

Councillor Louise Richardson, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said,

“I am delighted that we organised the food summit as it’s been a great way to involve various stakeholders in our collective work and helping to create a more sustainable food system in Leicestershire.”

Good Food Leicestershire are proud to be the first full County member of the national Sustainable Food Places  initiative. To learn more about sustainable food in Leicestershire, and to sign up to the newsletter, visit: https://resources.leicestershire.gov.uk/good-food-leicestershire