MP praises audacious Hainault gardening project

MP Wes Streeting visited the Audacious Veg project at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Jyoti Peart, Jourdan

MP Wes Streeting visited the Audacious Veg project at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Jyoti Peart, Jourdan Day, Natalie Szarek, Wes Streeting, Shawna Saunders, Sam Jadeja and Anastasia Naskou - Credit: Archant

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has heaped praise on an innovative social enterprise scheme, after a visit to Forest Farm Peace Garden.

MP Wes Streeting visited the Audacious Veg project at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Jyoti Peart, Jourdan

MP Wes Streeting visited the Audacious Veg project at Forest Farm Peace Garden. Jyoti Peart, Jourdan Day, Natalie Szarek, Wes Streeting, Shawna Saunders, Sam Jadeja and Anastasia Naskou - Credit: Archant

Audacious Veg, run from the allotment in Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, provides young adults, referred by social services, a four month paid work placement.

The scheme sells gourmet baby salad mixes, edible flowers and micro-herbs to restaurants across London, and gives the young adult trainees the experience of working at a cutting edge enterprise.

Mr Streeting said: “It was great to visit Audacious Veg in Hainault to see the team at work.

“It’s brilliant to see a local social enterprise like this helping to create opportunities for young people to gain practical skills and overcome the barriers to employment that they’ve faced as a result of the challenges that life has thrown at them.”


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Audacious Veg founder Natalie Szarek said they were “happy” to have the support of the Labour MP.

She added: “We think that Audacious Veg has the potential to put Redbridge on the map as a pioneering borough in terms of local food production and sustainability.”

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If you would like to get involved with the project visit audaciousveg.org.

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