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Local food heroes celebrate the harvest at Warwick University

Local food heroes celebrate the harvest at Warwick University

Earlier in the month the Master Gardener network were thrilled to be invited to go along to Warwick University Allotment Society’s Harvest Festival.  Not only was it a wonderful celebration of the food growing this season, but also an opportunity for two of the memebrs to be crowned ‘Local Food Heroes’ for the west Midlands. Chris Maughan (also a Master Gardener) and Laura Buchanan were recognised by the Big Lottery’s Local Fund for their dedication in getting students growing at the site, including weekly sessions and inspiring visits to other growing sites across the country. The society is part of  Student Eats a Local Food funded project supporting food growing, led by students at universities across the UK.

Chris and Laura receive their award – Congratulations!

Two members of the society, Chris and Carla, have become Master Gardeners over the past 3 years. Other Master Gardeners also supported a seed sowing activity at Go Green week, as well as at last week’s harvest festival.

It was a great afternoon, with exisiting and new society members coming along to find out more and get involved. Freshly barbequed sweetcorn, and delicious home cooked dishes using allotment produce. Chris gave a talk about the journey so far, and their hopes for the future before he and Laura were presented with their well deserved trophy!

Master Gardeners helped people sow seeds to grow on their windowsills, and chat about food growing too. The apple pressing began with great enthusiasm – nothing better than sweet fresh apple juice!  Agnes, from Student Eats, had bought along several apple varieties from Brogdale to taste and try. The afternoon was topped off with great songs performed by one of the students.

Sue plants a seed with one of the students

Fresh apple juice!

Enjoying the music and the apples.


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