Burnley Food Links
15 Sep 2008
With five unpaid directors, all women and three from different ethnicgroups, Burnley Food Links, in Lancashire, is well placed tocommunicate with and respond to local communities.
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With five unpaid directors, all women and three from different ethnic groups, Burnley Food Links, in Lancashire, is well placed to communicate with and respond to local communities. A central part to the initiative is the management of three large allotments, used for educational purposes and community involvement.
An adjacent terraced house is a base for the project, providing somewhere for people to have tea, store harvested vegetables and escape from bad weather.
The allotments are located in an area of deprivation with approximately 80 per cent of families of Asian heritage. Rana Muttakin, one of the directors, has been involved in the project from its beginning four years ago. It was not without its struggles though, as Rana explains: ‘Sometimes the digging and weeding puts people off but when they come to harvest at the end of the year, they are so impressed that it makes all the hard work worth while!’
Photo: © Burnley Food Links
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