Almost £1.7 million granted to Acorn Farm in Derry

Derry City and Strabane District Council welcomed the announcement of almost £1.7 million of funding has been granted by The National Lottery Community Fund to bring the Acorn Farm project to life.

Members of The Climate Action Fund visited the Acorn Farm site recently in recognition of the funding announcement and were delighted with how things have progressed. The exciting new environmental project is led by The Community Foundation in partnership with DCSDC and The Conservation Volunteers. Acorn Farm will receive £1,697,257 to bring communities together to tackle food sustainability in the city and district. The funding has been awarded to The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland to develop the five-year project on Browning Drive, St Columb's Park.

The ambitious project is encouraging people to take climate action through better food choices, growing programmes, climate focussed activities and sharing learning to change behaviours. It will build networks across sectors, driving a new inclusive food movement in Northern Ireland and across the UK. The £6.2 million capital build programme begun earlier this year at St Columb's Park for a unique urban growing space within the city. The I Can Grow programme, which is part of the Acorn Farm project, has already helped 250 families in Derry and Strabane grow their own food, enabling them to continue to make healthy, home grown food a reality for years to come.

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Mayor of DCSDC, Cllr Sandra Duffy, said: "I'd like to say a huge thank you to The National Lottery's Climate Action Fund for giving us the opportunity to create something amazing in our city and district. It will be a completely unique project, unlike any other across the island of Ireland and we're really excited to see how it will progress over the next few years.

Mayor Sandra Duffy with from left, Rhian Thomas and Ariana Ntziadima, The National Lottery Community fund, Climate action fund team and members of the Acorn Farm Partnership on a visit to the Guildhall. Also included right is Cllr. John McGowan. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

"This will be an innovative hub for the whole district to use, as we continue to build and strengthen the local good food movement. Acorn Farm will help create the link between food choices and the climate emergency, through the promotion of local, fresh and seasonal food. With the rising cost of living and the need to reduce our carbon footprint, there has never been time for Derry City and Strabane to get involved and grow together."

For more information on Acorn Farm, visit www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/acornfood/I-Can-Grow/Acorn-Farm.