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1 Summary of work June 2013 Malmo Workshop Newcastle – GAIA work

2 Starting Out The agenda seemed vast Yet many activities have already been delivered Aimed to link Newcastle GAIA with sustainable food agenda WHY: At the time of joining GAIA, plans were emerging to develop a new initiative in Newcastle – A Sustainable Food Policy Council The City Council does not have strong coordination of sustainable food plans Looking to change the way we deliver services/manage land Cooperative council Budget pressures

3 Stakeholder Engagement Has been complex and slow Trying to work with an initiative that is being driven by external parties Difficult time in the City Council with significant budget cuts and management restructure Impact on roles, priorities and working arrangements Hard to start working on ‘new’ policy areas Discussions with: Fairtrade Partnership Newcastle Eat Well Group Greening Newcastle Gateshead Food Nation Various Council services Newcastle University

4 Sustainable Food



7 Progress to date Established a Food Policy Steering Group Draft Action Plan for Council actions Some outline Strategic Enquiries Supported external partners to deelop bid and secure national support from Soil Association Food Policy Council on 9 th May at Newcastle University Planned Food Charter launch in July 2013 Appointing Project Manager – start 17 th June Member support for this direction

8 Challenges Difficult to engage stakeholders Hard to articulate why participate in GAIA Working with social enterprises – they need budgets to survive (and therefore projects/ownership) Not opened up to full stakeholders, yet – national food manufactures are based in the city – are they the right partners? Newcastle workshop was poorly attended, even by City Council officers Time consuming to understand ‘territory’ & previous project successes, failures and ongoing activity

9 Our current Strategic Enquiry How can we increase the amount of food produced in the region? How can we…raise awareness and encourage action to make Newcastle’s food system fairer and more sustainable to ensure Newcastle citizens use the most sustainable and fair sources of food? -reword to reflect waste & food systems What mechanisms does the council have to strengthen local food production in the city What FURTHER potential does the green and brown field AREA IN AND AROUND NEWCASTLE HAVE FOR PRODUCING LOCAL FOOD?

10 Explore how to develop an Ecosystem services valuation of potential new allotment sites Explore how to secure a financial contribution from large scale events/organisations towards long term sustainability (including accountancy method) Develop a land assessment methodology for identifying sites suitable for food production -Land ownership? -– council land -Land use data -Topographic OS data -What makes ups up suitability – for growing -Land earmarked for development -Flood site might be more suitable -SSSI etc to be let out Speak with those leading on regulatory issues / planning (Peter Cockbain / Nicola Woodward) Types of soil (Phil Hartley & Chloe Light?) Assets transfer programme – Graeme Losh / Elaine McMullin – Asset Management Team Explore potential for wider residents’ benefits of potential changes in land use (e.g. allotment next to me, how do I benefit?) Explore setting up workplace buying groups

11 Understand role of CIL Ensure allotment strategy data fed into Know Your City document Promote giveaways of allotment association produce on NCC website Organise internal meeting to explore feasibility of allotment hub project as a replacement for Jesmond Dene sapling nurturing service Write an NCC Food Policy Statement Map current understanding of NCC supply chain Explore understanding of city’s role in pollination of wider food production in the region and map current state. Gather Council spend on Food from various services (quantities, types, sourcing) and Grainger Market Explore external datasets available to inform Food System work Appliances data – retail Transport Defra ONS Data on regional agriculture Meet with walker Technology College and Hilton Primary to explore appetite for becoming ‘Beacon’ schools in this agenda

12 Capture sourcing, ecological impact etc during NCC Food Contract renewal Discuss/explore role of food with planning policy Start scoping Policy Cabinet on Food - One page thinkpiece of future of food prices/policy Develop task and finish group to explore datasets that could inform ‘who feeds Newcastle’? Soil types across the city – how important? Topography Contaminated Land Extra potential in existing allotments Land ownership PAM NCC land availability Underused land and spaces ALC Grades? – post 1988 (examples in Who Feeds Bristol) Speak to Sheffield University about Meet with Greening Wingrove on Food Map out work of Edible Elswick – speak to Rob Delapp and Tony Robinson Review the asset transfer register

13 Meet Newcastle Allotment Forum Speak with Bill Kirkup about work with WRAP and Public Sector Food procurement Scope aggregation of Carbon Footprint of Food Procurement with Northu mbria and Newcsatle Universities, and Newcastle City Council Explore Well Fair Day Centre - Speak to Chris Dugdale – closing of Hair Hills Talk to Martin Surtees/Deb Tyler on Schools Forum Explore Blakes CSR offer with Wayne Tessier Explore the content of the website and central site of information to share on activities in the city Clarify public health role in Environmental Sustainability food action plan Explore links with African city on urban agriculture – and links with Martin’s connections. Actions for the preparation of the multi-stakholder workshop (in September tbc) to: -Draft invite letter -Speak with invites on 1-to-1 basis -Speak with Elin and Karin on their approach -Capture lessons from other partners – June workshop

14 Undertake series of ‘management buy-in’ meetings to gather greater support from different departments Collaboration with GAIA partners (specific actions): -Urban agriculture cooperation - labour market scheme for unemployed and develop business models- -Evaluation of eco-systems services – Martin’s colleague an expert in this area (links back with the above methodology action above) - Exchange ideas on procurement and standards for environmental and social dimensions in procurement -Explore course content that may have been delivered in Malmo related to growing. -Collaboration with an African city -

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