The Real Food Project Team from Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) that encourages local residents to eat healthily with a message of ‘Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!’ will be featured on BBC Radio 4’s iconic programme, Gardeners Question time on Easter Sunday, 20th April.
Real Food Wythenshawe is a 5 year £1million Big Lottery funded community food campaign that was launched in 2012, with match funding from key partners. The main aim of this Project is to inspire the people of Wythenshawe about the food they eat. From plant to plate, the campaign, which is led by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, encourages and supports residents to take control over what they and their families eat by promoting ways that people can grow their own produce, learn to cook healthy, economical meals using local, seasonal produce. It demonstrates that healthy eating and ‘real food’ is possible for everyone, regardless of age, budget, ability or time.
The work of the Real Food Team came to the attention of GQT panellist, prolific garden author and Daily Mirror garden columnist, Paul Peacock, and he has been following the project with great interest.
Jacqueline Naraynsingh, the Real Food Project Manager, said; “Paul has been interested in The Real Food Project from day one and he thought it would be of interest to the listeners of GQT. The BBC Radio 4 team came to record an interview with us and our volunteers in the walled garden in Wythenshawe Park, where we have been planting and cultivating produce to improve access to locally grown food and the Wythenshawe Farm shop. It was a great honour to be asked to contribute to such a prestigious programme, and we will all be listening out for the programme when it goes out at 2.00pm on Easter Sunday – one of the busiest weeks of the gardening season!”
Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG said: “This visit from GQT has really put the Real Food Wythenshawe project on the map. They are making great headway with local community projects, but to receive such national interest is a great testament to the team and all their wonderful volunteers who are working so hard to ensure that people understand the food that they eat. ”