Cotswolds Campaigns

Food Sustainability

Cotswold District Council see the benefit in improving and delivering food sustainability for communities  and the planet. To help support this objective, in December 2023, they appointed a new role: Community Support Officer – Food Sustainability. The Officer works in close partnership with key organisations, such as Feeding Gloucestershire, to help influence sustainable change, and engages with the local voluntary and community sector to reduce food waste and improve access to good qaulity, nutritious and affordable food for everyone.

Cotswold Food Network

An important part of Cotswold’s Food sustainability work is focused on the development of a district-wide Cotswold Food Network, to which Cotswold District Council is committing £40,000 from 2024 to 2026.

Led by Feeding Gloucestershire and the local authority with priorites shaped by groups, organisations and communities, Cotswold Food Network (CFN) aim is to improve food sustainability in the district.

Two of the network’s initial key priorities are:

  • Supporting Community Food Growing
  • Understanding and Improving Financial Inclusion

A workshop on Community Growing was held in November 2023 in Northleachand another on Financial Inclusion was held in May 2024.

Local Community Food Organisations involved in the formation of the Cotswold Food Network, include Cirencester Food Bank, Cirencester Pantry, The Long Table, North Cotswolds Food Bank and many others.

Cotswold Connected Community and Food Programme

Click here to find out more and how to apply to this programme.

Crowdfund Cotswold

Click here to find out more about crowdfunding in the Cotswolds.

For more informations on Sustainable Food in the Cotswolds contact Martin Hawkins, Community Support Officer – Food Sustainability at [email protected]

There are a number of excellent local farmers markets in the Cotswolds.

  • Cirencester
  • Stow on the Wold
  • Tetbury
  • Bourton on the Water
  • Moreton in the Marsh

Cotswold District forms part of the Cotswold National Landscape, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cotswold National Landscape have recently produced a report setting out a pathway to Net Zero and a series of Workshops were being held throughout October and November 2023.

Get Involved

To find out more about the Cotswold Food Network contact Martin Hawkins, Community Support Officer – Food Sustainability  or for more general food related enquiries in the district contact Lizzie Dyer at Feeding Gloucestershire