Food Vale achieves Shared Prosperity Funding for sustainable food projects 2024/2025

The Food Vale Partnership has been successful in their application for funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund to carry out three distinct projects in the next financial year.

Vale Food Trail

The first project is a continuation of the Vale Food Trail that was piloted in the Vale for the first time in June 2023. Food Vale will work with partners in the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cywain to deliver a ten-day trail which seeks to:

  • encourage citizens to reconnect with the food system
  • encourage citizens to learn about the connections between food, health and climate change
  • shine a light on the Vale’s climate and nature-friendly food businesses

Over ten days, food businesses will be invited to hold activities on their premises, such as tasters, tours, workshops, special menus and exhibitions. The pilot trail in 2023 was a huge success, and we will be drawing on learning from this initial delivery to ensure that the Vale Food Trail 2024 is even better.

Community and commercial kitchen feasibility study

Drawing on discussions held during the Food Vale Network Gatherings, as well as some preliminary work done by the Council in 2019, Food Vale will be commissioning a new feasibility study to explore the case for community/commercial shared-use kitchens across the Vale of Glamorgan.

A lack of communal kitchen spaces where groups can develop cooking and nutritional skills, share learning and cook together, has been cited by many citizens from across the Vale as a frequent barrier to cooking, eating, and enjoying better food. Final details of the scope of this study are yet to be confirmed, but it is anticipated that it will include:

  • Outreach and engagement to assess the need for shared use kitchen spaces amongst community groups and local food producers in the Vale
  • Identification of potential locations across Barry, Penarth and Llantwit Major
  • The production of three bespoke designs to outline how the intervention would work, outlining capital costs and assessment of resources/facilities needed in each case

Vale Land Mapping

A final project will conduct mapping to identify data gaps that could be addressed to assess scope for growing more food at community/commercial-scale.

The Shared Prosperity Fund is part of the UK Government Levelling-up agenda. The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been allocated a total of £14m to invest over three years from the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF). The SPF is funded until March 2025.

The primary aim of the SPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK, and is broken down into three key priorities. Food Vale’s projects will seek to take action against the investment priority of community and place. This aims to enable places to invest to restore their community spaces and relationships and create the foundations for economic development at the neighbourhood-level.

Find out more about the Shared Prosperity Fund in the Vale here.