Medium_luceliatarantorodrigues2_350x350_res150_bw Urban Agriculture: Closing the Loop in Nottingham

04 Sep 11:50

Lucelia Rodrigues

The TURAS team is exploring ways of closing the food loop in Nottingham

Image by URBED showing some ideas for meanwhile uses of brownfield sites surrounding the regeneration area (image courtesy of Blueprint)

Dr Lucelia Rodrigues and Professor Mark Gillott from the TURAS Nottingham team have put NotNosh and Food share in contact with local celebrity chef, Sat Bains, to encourage the formation of a cooperative to close the food loop.
Sat is known for using local food through foraging, capitalising on the location by the river – one of his most famous dishes is the NG7, referring to the postcode of his restaurant.
The chef’s kitchen produces a lot of waste, which is processed via a biodigestor to produce compost. The idea is that this compost can be used in local allotments to produce food, which is in turn bought and used in the restaurant. Food share is also providing consultancy for the restaurant to plant some of their own food.
The team is looking into expanding the idea into its demonstration site, the Trent Basin, exploring temporary use of brownfield sites around the regeneration area to provide new residents with space to plant greenery and potentially some of their food.
Blueprint, TURAS partners and site developers, have enthusiastically welcomed the idea. The team will aim to apply the lessons learnt from TURAS work package 2, ‘Greening Public and Private Green Infrastructure’ and work package 3, ‘Urban/Industrial Regeneration, Land Use planning and Creative Design’ to implement meanwhile uses for the site in late 2015 early 2016.