A Lancaster Walking Trail: Our Food Growing Hope Spots

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 8:00am to Tuesday 30 November 2021, 8:00pm



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Event Details

This self-guided interactive walking tour links to a project looking at food growing in urban spaces as part of community responses to a changing climate. Using a range of different data sources, areas where we could grow food, or ‘Rurban Hope Spots’, have been identified across Lancaster district. This tour takes you to some of the spaces identified and explores everything we need to consider when growing food in an urban environment.

How we choose to produce, consume and often waste food can have a significant negative impact on our climate, as well as on the animals, plants and other organisms we share this planet with.

Growing more food in our urban spaces can both reduce the climate impact of our food system and brings food production closer to where people live, increasing our resilience and skills in the face of an uncertain future. When we look around our towns and cities we can see plenty of spaces where we might imagine food growing in future.

This tour explores some of these spaces around Lancaster City Centre, and highlights different aspects we need to consider when deciding how we might use urban spaces to grow food.

Visiting seven tour locations on a 4km route, you can explore the city through sound, animation and future visions for the cityscape. This is a chance to share your own ideas for what food in our city could look like in future, too.

This self-guided walking tour will be available from the start of the COP26 at Lancaster Festival (20th October) and will run throughout November 2021. Information on how to access the walking tour to follow - please check back in October.

This activity is part of the COP26@ Lancaster University Festival, which aims to spark debate and showcase our leading specialists and research relating to climate change in the run-up to the United Nation’s COP26 in Glasgow. The week-long COP26@ Lancaster University Festival takes place from Wednesday 20th October to Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Contact Details

Name Dr Rachel Marshall