- We are a co-operative of patients, doctors, nurses, and Lambeth People who have created a network of food growing gardens across the NHS in Lambeth. We are open to everyone who wishes to learn how to grow food or who supports our aims and objectives.
- We build gardens in GP surgeries. Patients – especially those with long term health conditions – learn how to grow food in a safe and secure environment. Groups are led by nurses who are trained and experienced master gardeners. In the Autumn of 2015, one of our lettuces grown by patients at Kings College Hospital won third prize in a London-wide RHS competition.
- We began building the Lambeth GP Food Co-op in the Spring of 2013, with support from Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. We are one of the first community led co-operatives working in and for the NHS. In 2013, we were awarded the Best Sustainable Food Initiative in the NHS by Public Health England and the NHS Sustainability Unit.
- With financial support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity we have since the autumn, been actively exploring interest in gardening for health with patients and gp’s in Southwark. We recently welcomed a patient group from Melbourne Grove surgery in East Dulwich who are interested in developing a relationship with us that will enhance their existing gardening activity at the practice from spring 2017. A meeting with NHS Southwark CCG is planned for late January to discuss possible next steps with the Lambeth GP Food Co-op providing support and advice.
- We will be continuing our partnership activities with Medirest at King’s College Hospital where we held a successful Xmas stall on Thursday 15th December.
We are contributing to the Nutrition and Hydration Week from Monday 13th March at Kings College Hospital in association with Medirest. The week will provide an opportunity to raise our profile with NHS staff and patients at Kings, prior to re-starting our monthly stalls at the Spice of Life restaurant from April 2017.