As local residents, we all experience consuming food from the city and its surrounding areas every day - whether it’s buying from shops, grabbing a takeaway or dining out. But what do you think could be improved about Peterborough’s culinary scene? Or perhaps you love what's happening here already?
Don’t miss your chance to have your say on food in the city. Residents and regional businesses are being asked to give their views on our local food systems through a Peterborough Food Strategy survey, which is available online at flourishpeterborough.co.uk/survey.
Following on from the ‘Growing Together in Peterborough’ exhibition at Peterborough Museum, which ran until the end of September 2023, the survey is asking for your thoughts ahead of developing a sustainable food strategy for the city. By gaining local views, opinions, and feedback, the aim is to find out what local residents really want to see happen for the city’s food scene.
Lauren Kendrick, Founder of Flourish Peterborough and Chair of the Peterborough Food Partnership, explains: “This is about action, not just words. Across Peterborough, we have an amazing array of residents, community groups, growers and other food businesses. Now is the time to get their voices heard to help develop a food action plan that benefits everyone.”
The survey is quick and easy to fill in online. The information collected will be used to help develop a future food strategy for the city, forming a joined-up approach to adapting and supporting the food system across the greater Peterborough area in the coming years.
The team behind the survey comes from the Peterborough Food Partnership: a network of representatives from the local farming community, food businesses, the public sector, Peterborough City Council, NGOs, community food groups and local academic institutions. Their aim is to develop a sustainable, healthier, and more inclusive food culture for our city that celebrates and values local produce and independent businesses.
Lauren continues: “This piece of work really needs to be informed by what people want and need for the city. We want to celebrate what makes this area special and what our aspirations are for the future. We want to engage individuals and organisations in discussions and bring together policymakers, businesses, and local communities. Together, we can change policies, tackle food poverty, and promote healthy and sustainable food for everyone. We need your voice to be included to help make this happen.”