Earlier this week, North Lancashire’s sustainable food network FoodFutures hosted a world cafe event at The Gregson Centre to celebrate the launch of the new Closing Loops climate action project. Over 40 local residents attended the event and contributed to lively discussions about the project’s plans.

Closing Loops is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and it aims to stimulate a zero-waste, circular and regenerative local economy in North Lancashire. The project will support community-led action and local initiatives to transform waste into a valuable resource. It will develop new initiatives to reduce and repurpose waste, including food waste, whilst promoting healthy, seasonal and sustainable food and supporting regenerative enterprises. The project team has a bold vision to create a thriving local REconomy which regenerates both the environment and our communities, locally and globally.

Read more about the Closing Loops project in this article in the Lancaster Guardian from October 2022

At the first of four world cafe events this autumn, the Closing Loops team hosted small groups around the ‘cafe’ tables to talk about how we can build a better future system and thriving local economy more generally. Discussions covered critical questions of our times, for instance how we can divert food from landfill into bellies and compost bins, what matters to us when it comes to food and how regenerative enterprises can contribute to making our region a better place to live and work.

The outcomes of these conversations will be shared with the public in December after the end of the world cafe event series. They will also feed into the ongoing work of Closing Loops over the next five years.

After the discussions, attendees were treated to a two course dinner prepared by local chef Julian Parkinson with assistance from Amanda Nisbett. The main dish was a hot pot stuffed with vegetables and topped with delicious crispy potatoes, served with a lentil stew and a colourful mix of organically grown salad leaves sourced from The Plot. The dessert was an apple and pear tart made by Global Village Cafe with apples from Fairfield orchard and pears that were gleaned from a garden in Overton.

There will be three more world cafe events across the district in Carnforth on 3rd November, in Morecambe on 9th November and in Caton on 19th November. Everyone living and working in those areas is warmly invited to join.

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