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Families learn the joys of food-growing in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 10:43 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 13 August 2013

Brothers Michael,six, and Joseph Arnold-Sudbery, nine, learn about wild fruits at the fun day organised by Community Links at the View Tube,

Brothers Michael,six, and Joseph Arnold-Sudbery, nine, learn about wild fruits at the fun day organised by Community Links at the View Tube,

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Green-fingered volunteers taught families how to grow their own food at a fun day on the edge of the Olympic Park at the weekend.

Ian,left, Ryley and Ray Hagger tuck in a babecue free hamburger at the fun day organised by Community Links at the View Tube,Ian,left, Ryley and Ray Hagger tuck in a babecue free hamburger at the fun day organised by Community Links at the View Tube,

Long-running charity Community Links, based in Barking Road, Canning Town, brought their new environmental project to the borough last Sunday (Aug 11).

Entitled Growing Links, the programme aims to encourage local food-growing groups by giving them advice through workshops; training; help to recruit new members; and the equipment they need to work on a “special project” such as an orchard, environmental art work, or building bread ovens.

Potential eco-warriors learnt more at a community fun day organised by Growing Links at the View Tube, the Greenway, Stratford, where they were also taken on a guided tour of the Tumbling Play Space for children within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which opened to the public last month.

Once the learning was out of the way, families enjoyed the sunshine together on bouncy castles, took part in outdoor games, tucked into the free BBQ, and they even had the chance to win four tickets to the CBeebies Lollibop festival later this month.

The project is currently working with eight groups, including one school, from Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, and Waltham Forest.


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