Back to my roots

The three year Back to my Roots project started in 2011 through a partnership between Groundwork West Midlands, Willenhall Community Forum, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Garden Organic. It was funded through the Local Food Programme, part of the Big Lottery Fund's Changing Spaces programme.

The project aimed to involve over 1500 people living in the Willenhall, Edgwick, Paradise and Spon End neighbourhoods of Coventry, bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together to celebrate the diversity of food through local growing and healthy eating initiatives. It aimed to make people aware of the links between food and improved health outcomes – both mental and physical.

Back to my Roots worked to:

  • develop four “Demonstration/Community Food Growing Plots‟ providing a focal point to promote local food growing and techniques
  • undertake outreach work to engage people who are currently not actively involved, using arts based interventions, practical demonstrations, street parties, themed events, competitions and festivals to motivate people to get involved
  • work with existing groups offering regular workshops that promote food growing
  • deliver training to 84 “champions‟ to offer advice to others in their neighbourhood about how to grow food
  • deliver over 60 courses to the wider community on basic food growing techniques and other relevant topics.