Background Information



DEFRA report home grown food almost doubled in the last 3 years.
Read the Sunday Times Article or See section 1.3 of the DEFRA Report

Further Reading about Sustainability

Working towards a sustainable society right here in the North West

CPRE have release report on 5yr research into local food webs. more

Oxfam have published a report advocating
Harnessing Consumer POwer to Create a Fair Food Future more

10 page pdf summary. 

An excellent source of facts about the energy problem.

 Sunday Times Leader Article

 Review by Jonathan Leake Sunday Times


Food 2030, the Government’s new food strategy

Positive News is the world’s original and leading positive newspaper. Focusing on solutions, it reports on people and initiatives that are creating a sustainable, just and fulfilling world.

Why we forgot how to grow food

Transition: gearing up for the great power-down

Preview our Powerpoint Presentation

Other Sources

What is Peak Oil?

Bob Hopkins Home PageThe Transition Town Homepage

Macclesfield's local organisation to find homes for unwanted goods rather than dumping them
Better than Recycling: Freecycle arranges sameday collection and re-using of your surplus goods.

Cheshire Community Action is a local charity committed to providing funding, advice and support for projects designed to protect and enhance the rural – and increasingly the urban – communities of Cheshire.Macc2020 is the Transition Movement for Macclesfield

Sustainable Cheshire Forum Community Orchards

Environmental section of the council's websiteGroundworkA co-operative of farmers, local food producers and farmers' market organisers who sell direct to the public.


The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom. Making Local Food Work is a partnership of seven organisations, each with its own area of expertise. Local Food is a £50 million programme that will distribute lottery grants to a variety of food-related projects to help make locally grown food accessible and affordable to local communities

US Gov. Official Energy ForecastInspirational gutter gardening for people who don’t have much space!!

Government Policy on Food SecurityDevelop support programmes for rural co-operative and social enterprises through their development.

The Royal Horticultural Society's iniiative on local food.The Woodland Trust encorage fruit tree planting for food Interesting PDF booklet on "can Britain Feed itself?"

Poly-TunnelsWRAP works to help businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way

CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

Rebecca Hoskings: Farming without ploughing

Charles Dowding's "No Dig" Gardening

What Is A Forest Garden?

A foragers wild food guide to the edible plants of Britain

Cuba's Urban Agrarians Flourish

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Help save native habitats and promote biodiversity in the UKWWOOF is a charity, teaching people about organic growing and low-impact lifestyles through hands-on experience.

The Permaculture Association is the national charity that supports people to learn about and use permaculture.Permaculture MagazineEnvironment & Climate Change news & features plus green living advice

The Hawk and Owl Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bird Observatories Council
British Beekeepers' Association
Butterfly Conservation
The Grasslands Trust
Apiculture Unit, University of Sussex
The National Hedgelayers' Association

10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: we all commit to reduce our emissions by 10% in 2010, then work together to make it happen.

HomeGrow your own Find Local Produce Background info.. Local Organisations Contact .