Page last updated at 16 December 2016 at 10:09
Are you interested in growing your own food? It can be very challenging but also very rewarding. If you are, then there are lots of options available to you in the Borough.
Allotments are the most obvious choice for people to grow food for themselves and there are hundreds of plots on 23 sites operated by the Borough or Local Councils.
Follow the link to our allotments page to find out where they are and how to contact them.
But if the thought of running a whole plot by yourself seems daunting, then there are a few community farms or market gardens dotted about too. All offer help and advice about how to grow food and some offer the opportunity to undertake accredited training.
All of these are friendly communities that would welcome new members. Click on each to find out more.
The One Community Garden Share Scheme
A new initiative this year from One Community. The service matches and introduces committed, enthusiastic and respectful growers with local garden owners who want to see their gardens being used more productively. We hope that the scheme will help resolve the need for more allotments. In some parts of the Borough there is a seven year waiting list!
For more Information please call Naomi at One Community on 023 8064 1202 or email email@example.com.
But you don’t have to be part of a farm or have an allotment to grow food. You can do it in any free space, so says Mary Clear of Incredible Edible when she gave a very inspiring talk in Eastleigh. With a few friends she planted food all around her town, free for anyone to pick. All you need is a bit of space, some earth or raised bed and a little bit of time. There are some great pictures at their Railway station, Police station and many other places around town. If this is something you are interested in doing contact Giles Gooding (details below) for help in setting up.
We are compiling a map of free food on public places around the Borough and we need help to fill it out. Anything from apples, raspberries or nuts. If you know where something can be picked for free please contact Giles Gooding (details below).
EBC Tree Grant - Free Trees for Community Groups
The Council wants to encourage residents to grow produce wherever they can and with this in mind, has a new fund available for community groups wanting to plant new trees or shrubs in public spaces, some could be fruit trees.
The EBC Tree Grant welcomes applications from non profit making groups within Eastleigh Borough including, schools, allotment holders, scouts, guides as long as the intended location is a shared space that people can regularly access.
Click here for more information and an application form
To find out more, contact Giles Gooding on 023 8068 8274, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @EcoEastleigh