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Saxton allotments transform into Leeds’ first zero food miles pop up restaurant

Feature: From Plot to Plate

To celebrate National Allotment Week, Urban Splash is transforming its Saxton development - built upon the largest residents garden in the city - into Leeds’ first ‘Zero Food Miles’ Pop Up Restaurant.

Saxton, which boasts 97 allotments set on six and half acres of orchards and meadows, is inviting its residents to attend this one day (9th August) pop up restaurant where they will experience the true taste of home-grown vegetables and herbs, cooked up by top local chefs.

Residents will enjoy a candlelit outdoor meal on the allotments, along with cooking tips courtesy of the popular city centre restaurant, Sam’s Chop House, who’s chefs will be cooking up produce taken straight from the allotment to the table.

With an emphasis on Yorkshire provenance and the good life, the event will raise awareness of not only healthy eating, but also the health and well-being benefits that allotments bring to the community.

Spokesperson at Urban Splash said: “We are proud to be the only residential property in Leeds that boasts this many allotments to rent along with a vast amount of outdoor space, creating a real sense of community and making city centre living that extra bit special.

"For only £40pa, all Saxton residents can rent their very own allotment plot measuring 2,475m x 1.425m and make use of one of the 12 sheds on site that are complete with communal tools as well as on-site compost bins and water troughs, which use rain water harvested from the roof of the building. There are not many city centre developments able to offer so many lifestyle choices and ways to live.

"This Zero Food Miles pop-up restaurant initiative, as part of National Allotment Week, will give people the chance to find out how to make the most of their allotments and get some hints and tips on growing and cooking their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.

"From the regeneration of the two buildings to the work put into the surrounding landscaping, we always wanted Saxton’s outside space to become a focal point of the development and we hope this event will be one of many that encourages the Saxton community to step out and embrace the fabulous facilities that make Saxton such a great place to live."

National Allotment Week, 8th – 12th August

Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2012

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