Green food fans at first eco event

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Blackpool residents and organisations with a passion for sustainable food gathered at north Lancashire’s first ever sustainable food event at Myerscough College last week.

High on the agenda was the topic of sustainability and healthy eating.

Along with Blackpool delegates, 60 other people throughout the region came along to hear Myerscough principal and chief executive Anne Turner introduce Tom Andrews, director of Sustainable Food Cities.

Joining him on the list of speakers was Amanda Donnelly, of the Food For Life Partnership, who had a broad spread of interests, from community focused organisations to the University of Central Lancashire and HMP Kirkham.

Reports on the physical and mental benefits were of great interest to Helen Kay, manager of Healthwatch Blackpool.

Helen said: “We’re welcoming the opportunity to help spread the word and drive the development of more partnerships that deliver really practical health outcomes.”

Clare Gooden, manager of the Grow Blackpool project said: “The day emphasised just how initiatives like our Grow Blackpool scheme have helped open up the way for new thinking about the value of the local food production and the ways that it can be accessed by people of all ages and abilities.

“It’s also about food security and reducing waste so our challenge is involving more people and giving them the skills and opportunity to get involved.”

The event, which was held on Thursday, May 29 concluded with a lunch that delegates voted “absolutely delicious”.

The meal was prepared by the Myerscough College catering team with ingredients sourced locally form Dewlays, Pebby’s Bakery, Thomas Moss fruit and vegetables and Meadow Croft Dairies.