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Welcome to the Virtual-Lancaster listings for local groups engaged in activities related to crop growing and animal husbandry for food production.
See also our Environmental Sustainability and Conservation organisations section.
our Animal Welfare / Interest / Protection groups section for all animal matters.
ASSOCIATION OF LANCASTER & MORECAMBE ALLOTMENTS
Visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/allotments for full local allotment association contacts and info.
Ridge Off the Ground Allotments
Lancaster Beekeepers is a friendly and growing group of hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly throughout the year to share experiences and develop their beekeeping skills.
The Club welcomes new members and offers all newcomers a comprehensive development package to ensure that they become competent beekeepers.
We provide information on a wide range of beekeeping topics via our website:
or contact: Fred Ayres, tel: 01524 811978
LESS: Promoting sustainable living
LESS is a Community Interest Company, set up in March 2007 to deliver practical projects supporting local people to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. We have lots of volunteering opportunities within the organisation, and work mainly in the areas of food growing and energy.
Current projects include:
Off the Ground: promoting local food growing including establishing community allotment site, and working with local schools, community groups and households to support people to grow their own food. This includes practical support as well as training.
Local food: producing a directory of local food and drink suppliers to support people to source local produce.
For more information on any projects, volunteering opportunities or general matters of sustainability please contact email@example.com or visit www.lessuk.org or tel: 01524 66100
LESS IS MORE - THE GAME
THE FAIRFIELD ASSOCIATION
A local organisation dedicated to the protection and improvement of
local green spaces, particularly (but not exclusively) around the Fairfield
area of Lancaster.
Subgroups of the Fairfield Association include:
FAUNA (Fairfield Association Urban Nature Area), a nature reserve on a 16 acre site in Lancaster, between Abraham Heights and the Lancaster Canal.
Flora Fields 34 acres of biodiversity
Fairfield Millennium Green and Community Orchard
The Aldcliffe Road Triangle - Turning a neglected plot of canalside land into a pleasant green space for the benefit of the community
FORK TO FORK
We are a project set up to enable people with learning difficulties and support needs to create Lancaster & Districts's first 2-acre forest garden. We welcome volunteers. Our land is donated by GB Antiques. We are based at Lancaster Leisure Park. See background here. Visit us on facebook
Green Lancaster is part of Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) and undertakes a number of environmental projects in partnership with the Facilities department at Lancaster University. The initiative was launched in the autumn of 2006 to better streamline environmental initiatives and actions across the university and to involve students in environmental projects both on campus and in the local community. A core part of the work is delivered through volunteer projects.
• To help staff and students make sustainable transport choices through providing information on cycling and walking and to run regular cycle sales and Dr Bike sessions on campus.
• To reduce the volume of re-usable items sent to landfill through the Exodus re-use project.
• To help the university with its Carbon reduction strategy.
• To engage students in a wide range of practical environmental projects, both on and off campus. This includes growing vegetables, tree planting and helping local community groups.
Contact the Green Lancaster team on:
TRANSITION CITY LANCASTER
The Transition Initiative is a grass roots community response to the reality of climate change and fuel shortages.
This is a transition from an economy with a high dependence on fossil fuels to a sustainable resilient way of life here in Lancaster. For more info on Peak Oil click here
We are working on an ‘Energy Descent Action Plan’ for the next 10 to 20 years.
Our vision is to inspire the creation of new groups and connect the many existing groups.
Transition City Lancaster is part of the Transition Network which has information on what’s happening nationally and internationally.
Click here for details of the many TCL local events and groups.