By Maximilian Clarke

London’s £60 million Capital Growth scheme has turned its focus to pumpkins for Halloween.

Capital Growth provides grants encouraging Londoners to volunteer for community allotments in order to grow food.

Mayor Boris Johnson and Rosie Boycott launched the Capital Growth campaign with London Food Link three years ago, to get 2012 community food growing gardens thriving. More than 1300 spaces have now sprung up with support from Capital Growth in a range of diverse places with tens of thousands of Londoners getting their hands dirty. Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food, helped one Capital Growth site, Spitalfields City Farm, to harvest its own bounty of pumpkins.

“Volunteering with a Capital Growth food growing garden is a great way to support my Team London army of people who want to get involved in ways to improve our city and their local area,” commented Mayor Johnson.

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