Food Durham 

(Photograph courtesy of Durham County Council)

Durham Community Action is hosting a project to support the production and consumption of sustainable food in County Durham. The project places food at the centre of policy making as a driver of community, economic and environmental development. It is about encouraging a healthier, greener and fairer food system that supports our local economy.

Food Durham is the working name for the County Durham Food Partnership and it is a member of the Sustainable Food Cities network.

The project has produced a Sustainable Local Food Strategy (2014 - 2020) and a Food Charter. It is now actively implementing the Strategy by developing and running new projects, and by partners in member organisations working on issues including Food and Health, Public Sector food procurement and Food Poverty. More details about the partnership can be found here


The Durham Food Hub is building a more efficient and resilient local food supply chain by linking local producers with businesses wanting to buy local food (hotels, restaurants, cafes etc.). This enables a single point of ordering for businesses and an easier route to market for producers. 


Growing Durham is helping more people across the county to grow some of their own food. It is creating a network of new and diverse community growing schemes that will help to improve access to fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. Our support includes working with individuals and groups to look at different approaches to community growing projects and help them choose the best approach, identifying suitable land and advising on infrastructure, planting, maintenance, helping to write funding bids, linking people and projects who are doing similar things and delivering skills development sessions and sharing information.

For more information please email Liz Charles Project Manager (Food) or telephone 01388 742044


SUGAR SMART is a national initiative led by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Sustain.  SUGAR SMART supports local campaigns working with organisations and businesses to take measurable actions to reduce sugar consumption and raise awareness of the impact of sugar on health.  Food Durham is excited to announce that we’re one of the first areas in the country to launch a local campaign.


We know that consuming too much sugar is linked to some serious health problems which are affecting people in county Durham.  We want to make it easier for people to make healthier choices and we think we can help by promoting actions such as:

- Making sugary produce less available, less well promoted or more expensive

- Making non-sugary alternatives available in their place

- Communicating the SUGAR SMART messages far and wide including customers, residents, pupils and workforces

You can let us know what you think and enter a prize draw by completing our SUGAR SMART SURVEY AT WWW.SURVEYMONKEY.CO.UK/R/gk9wjfb

It’s early days but our initial parter organisations have already pledged to take action to:

- Promote free drinking water

- Reduce high sugar options in vending machines

- Spread the SUGAR SMART message with posters and activities

- Promote health meal deals

- Introduce a sugar ‘levy’ on high sugar products

- Stock healthier food and drink

- Provide clearer information about sugar content of food and drink

This is just the beginning – the campaign runs until summer 2018 and we want as many organisation, businesses, community groups and individuals as possible to get involved.

Please go to to find out more about the campaign, register as a participant and pledge your SUGAR SMART actions or contact Food Durham’s SUGAR SMART co-ordinator Hannah Murray-Leslie at

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Food Durham Annual Report

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Food Durham Leaflet

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Growing Durham Leaflet

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Find out about past and forthcoming Food Durham events here

The Sustainable Local Food Strategy for County Durham was launched in 2012 at the Lets Talk About Food event 

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Sugar Smart Pledge Leaflet

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Sugar Smart Pledge Card

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