First Leicestershire Food Summit takes place at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth

The event brought together delegates from the NHS, National Farmers’ Union, local foodbanks and poverty groups

By Red Williams
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 3:30 pm
The first Leicestershire Food Summit has taken place at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth.
The first Leicestershire Food Summit has taken place at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth.

The first Leicestershire Food Summit has taken place at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth.

Organised by Leicestershire County Council, the event brought together delegates from the NHS, National Farmers’ Union, local foodbanks 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, Co-ordinator of Good Food Leicestershire, set up the event.

“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,” said Gavin.

“It was a great day at Stanford Hall.

“I think we all came away with more knowledge of the food landscape than we did when we arrived.”

The summit’s keynote speaker was Joe Stanley, an Ashby farmer, NFU representative and Allerton Project figurehead.

Emily O’Brien of Sustainable Food Places (SFP) also spoke, underlining the commitment of Leicestershire County Council, the first full county member of the group’s national initiative.

During the summit, guests had a tour of Stanford Hall’s Community Supported Agriculture farm, which uses organic, sustainable and no dig growing methods.

There were also workshops, some of which looked at community skills and training, regenerative and community agriculture and community food security.

Cllr Louise Richardson, the county council’s 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 is coordinated by Public Health at Leicestershire County Council.

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