Innovative urban farm and social enterprise
Cultivate London is based across multiple derelict sites in West London and trains unemployed young people in landscaping and horticulture, and produce a range of edible and ornamental plants for sale.
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 has three main objectives:
- To generate training opportunities and jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-24 in practical horticulture and landscaping
- To convert derelict and vacant land across London into productive food growing space
- To increase the amount of local and organically grown produce consumed by Londoners
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 recently received the Observer Food Monthly’s “Producer of the Year” award, and feature in a number of documentaries on urban farming, including the film “Best Before: the London Food Revolution” and book “Farming in the City”.
This experience has really transformed me. At first I couldn’t even face talking to anyone, and now I am here every day
I feel more confident and more optimistic about my future. I feel like I have a useful skill to offer people.
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