Japanese visitors experience the best of edible Sheffield

The group from Chiba University are shown round the Todmorden food growing project

A group of Masters and PhD students from Chiba University, Japan, have enjoyed a visit to Sheffield and Yorkshire’s most interesting edible spaces, thanks to the Living with Nature project and Helen Woolley.

The three-day trip saw the group visit interesting urban food growing sites, including Heeley City Farm and Todmorden, West Yorkshire, which is well known for its urban food growing activity. The group also enjoyed a fruit picking adventure in Sheffield with Abundance – part of Grow Sheffield.

The group took in a number of sites from the Living with Nature Project. This collaborative project between Helen Woolley, Reader in Landscape Architecture and Society, Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Sheffield City Council, is designed to develop healthy, living and vibrant community spaces.

The visit was organised by Helen as part of the Department of Landscape’s on-going relationship with Chiba University. The Department has an exchange agreement that allows Sheffield students to spend some time studying in Japan and vice-versa. The group was accompanied by Prof Isami Kinoshita.

Helen said: “Isami and his small group of Masters and PhD students wanted to see some food growing projects and specifically wanted to visit Todmorden. We have selected the other locations as evidence of food growing activities in Sheffield. We had many fruitful discussions and conversations along the way about growing food in the urban landscape.”

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