Climbing to green success

The 2014 Urban Food Awards celebrate the capital’s urban spaces used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables

The Castle Climbing Centre Green Lanes Stoke Newington
The Castle Climbing Centre Green Lanes Stoke Newington. Photograph: Jamie Lau

A look at the shortlists reveals some impressive endeavours, including the Crisis Skylight Cafe and urban cheesemaker Wildes Cheese. The awards are part of Urban Food Routes, an initiative supported by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change. The success of those shortlisted demonstrates the brilliant use that funding and advice from the project can be put to.

Pressed into action

You may expect just adrenaline and chalk dust at the Castle Climbing Centre, set in a Victorian ex-pumping station in Stoke Newington. But it also boasts a hardcore sustainability policy, an organic garden and a cafe that was nominated in the eatery category.

Cafe manager Jojo Heather says: “We are a green space…

More here: http://www.theguardian.com/seeds-of-change/2014/dec/08/climbing-to-green-success