Innovative urban farm and social enterprise
Cultivate London is based across multiple derelict sites in West London. We train unemployed young people in landscape gardening and horticulture, and work to engage our community in food growing.
We aim to have a long term impact on the lives of young people and change the way Londoners think about their fresh produce and where it comes from. In recognition of our efforts we:
- Were named the 2012 Observer Food Monthly’s “Producer of the Year”
- Received the 2013 Hounslow Business Award for “Best Business for Apprenticeships and Employment for Young People”, and recently “Highly Commended” in the same category at the 2014 London Business Awards.
- Were runners up in the “Best Food Enterprise” category at London’s inaugural Urban Food Awards (2014)
- Have been featured in a number of local and national papers including the Metro, the Sunday Telegraph
We have also contributed to research and been used as a model/case study by:
- City & Guilds Skills Development Agency report, “Roots to Work” (2011) – MORE INFO
- Kingston University’s Green Business Bootcamp series
- Design for London (part of London Mayor’s Office) research into urban agriculture
- Rosario municipality in Argentina looking for innovative ways to integrate urban agriculture into their community
- Sustain: the Alliance for Better Food and Farming report “Future Farmers” (2014) – MORE INFO
Cultivate London’s Aims:
- To provide training opportunities in practical horticulture for disadvantaged people and the greater community.
- To work with the local community to improve the physical environment and social cohesion through the creation of food growing and/or biodiverse green space.
Cultivate London’s Objectives:
- To act as a resource for disadvantaged people by providing work-based training and other activities as a means of:
a) Helping individuals advance in life by developing their confidence, skills, capacities, and capabilities and by providing access to employment and wider opportunities.
b) Improving health through increased physical activity, increased health-based knowledge and skills, and decreased social isolation
c) Developing skills and knowledge,in particular, but not exclusively, in horticulture.
- To advance the education of the public in horticulture, local food production and sustainable living practices.
- To improve the physical environment and cohesion of communities and neighbourhoods in London.
Get in touch
Cultivate London was started in 2010 by Charity Housing Pathways Trust, who continue to support us. If you’re interested in finding out more about what we do and how we do it, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Fill in the form below, email us, call us on +44 (0)208 992 4941 or write to us at Cultivate London Plant Nursery, Enfield Road, W3 8RA.
Company number 7474198 | Charity number 1147015