With youth unemployment now at over one million in the UK, skills upgrades are more vital than ever. In respose to this need, Cultivate London began an urban farming project in March, in which young people aged 16-24 can learn real gardening skills.
The project has both apprentices and trainees, supported by a head grower and a team of community volunteers. This sort of project gives real skills to young people who have never had a paid job in their lives, as well as essential self-confidence and experience in a working environment. The herbs and vegetables produced on the urban farm are sold locally.