Food4Macc is a voluntary group that aims to have more food produced locally in the Macclesfield area,
to keep food prices down as transport costs rise.
People often stop by one of our community garden sessions (listed below left) to see what we do.
(Don't worry, it's not a trap - they are free to go back to their daily business afterwards!)
Potato Day 2017 is back on!
Brighter Blooms have decided to go it alone, and will be in the Town
Hall again for the January Treacle Market.
Community Garden Beds Rebuilt at
the Rowans Care Home.
After more than 6 years, the recycled timber used for the original
construction of these beds was in need of replacement. On Thursday
Nov 17, seven volunteers braved heavy rain to replace the boards with new pressure-treated timber.
In addition to providing a place to grow, these community gardens are a good place to learn about food growing by working alongside experienced gardeners.
about The Rowans
See our New Directory of Local Food
Following the decision of our sister group
Food4MaccDirect to stand aside to give a clear field to other local
we have publised an
The revised web page separately lists Retailers, Producers, and has
an interactive Google Map.
If you want to know where you can get a particular brand that was
previously sold by Food4MaccDirect, we have
published a table in the form of a PDF file that you can print
Tytherington School in the News
Featured in the Macc Express, Food4Macc is pleased to have supported
this project with the purchase of a greenhouse.
Our Three Main Activities
Grow your own food as part of a friendly group and
learn from experienced gardeners.
Our volunteers also help build new vegetable gardens and orchards, and advise on their maintenance. more
Bypass the allotment waiting list!
We match up gardeners with disused vegetable plots.
See the Video
Buy Local Food
Following the decision of
our sister group Food4MaccDirect to stand aside to give a clear field
to other local food outlets, we have publised an
revised web page separately lists Retailers, Producers, and has an
interactive Google Map.
If you want to know where you can get a particular
brand that was previously sold by Food4MaccDirect, we have
published a table in the form of a PDF file that you can print and
Some of us just take pleasure in seeing things grow, like having control over what goes into our food, or enjoy taking exercise outside. Our group shares experience and practical support. It's fun!
But there is a longer term aim too. Over the next few years, carbon footprint reduction and Peak Oil will increase the cost of food brought long distances to our supermarkets, so local produce will have a cost advantage.
2014 is a good time to make a start. This website contains links to local food producers, and advice on growing your own fruit and veg, and keeping bees and chickens.
Food4Macc aims to engage members of the community to develop local food supplies
using these strategies from the Transition Town movement:-
Over 7 million tons of food is thrown away each year, costing each household £50 a month.
The Love Food Hate Waste website offers lots of simple tips to reduce food waste
What's it all about?
We have become dependent on oil for fertilisers and for fuel to transport our food from distant sources.
Today about 40% of the food we eat is imported. That includes an astounding 95% of our fruit and most of the wheat in our bread.
This reliance on food from abroad is perilous. During the 2000 fuel strike, Sainsbury's chief executive wrote to the prime minister to warn that food supplies would run out "in days rather than weeks". Supermarkets rationed bread, sugar and milk.
Meanwhile, cheap high-quality fruit and veg in the supermarkets have discouraged us from growing our own food. Children no-longer learn these skills from their parents, and small farms have become non-viable.
If we look 10 or 20 years ahead, we can anticipate that higher oil costs will reverse these trends and it seems like a good idea to plan accordingly; to encourage local growing of food, and to reduce our dependence on oil-derived fertilisers.
Individuals may feel impotent in the face of this coming storm, but communities working together can be powerful.
Some 150 towns around the UK have started "Transition Town" movements, which have demonstrated how much can be achieved.
Typical strategies include making disused land available for allotments, ensuring that food-growing skills are re-learned and practiced, planting of fruit trees in public places; encouraging supermarkets to promote locally grown produce. etc.
We have a short Powerpoint presentation which you view as slideshow or as a printable pdf document.
Our Short History
Our interest in this subject was kindled by a Sunday Times article by John Paul Flintoffin April 2009, and we started to sound-out our friends. Download the Sunday Times article as a PDF file here
We decided that rather than aiming to be a Transition Town we would first of all see what we could do about food miles.
We held the first of a series of monthly public meeting
at the end of September 2009 and began work on our first community garden at Prestbury Beaumont in December 2009.
In December 2010 we hosted a meeting of people interested in setting up a Macclesfield Transition Town movement, and out of that Macc2020 was born.
Read or watch the review of 2010, our first full year. Or see our most recent AGM in March 2014 Video and Minutes
- We have established seven community gardens and are supporting a community orchard project.
- We have matched up fourteen owners of disused vegetable gardens with people to cultivate them under our Garden Share scheme.
- We are developing links with the council, trade associations, and other
"green" organisations in the area.
- We have a formal
constitution and public liability
insurance in place.
- We are registered with local volunteer agencies, have won support and funding from
- HMRC accept us as a charitable organisation entitled to reclaim Gift Aid on donations received.
- Local Nurseries, Garden Centres and Supermarkets are supporting us.
- We use local press and community radio stations to publicise our work.
directory and map of local food sources is published on our website.
foraging map shows sources of food in public places such as blackberries and apple trees.
- Follow our
Blog for latest news updates.
- See our promotional videos page