Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall waste programme spurs Harvest Banbury relaunch

Kate Thomas of OYAP, Jake Ellement, Banbury CAG chairman, Sheena Gow of the Hill and Kate Winstanley of Sanctuary at last month's Harvest Banbury. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-151016-154508001
Kate Thomas of OYAP, Jake Ellement, Banbury CAG chairman, Sheena Gow of the Hill and Kate Winstanley of Sanctuary at last month's Harvest Banbury. Picture by Ed Maynard. NNL-151016-154508001

The highlighting of food waste by campaigner and chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has spurred Banbury Community Action Group to relaunch one of its projects.

Hugh’s War on Waste, broadcast on BBC One last night, Monday, raised awareness of how much food is wasted around the UK by supermarkets and households.

The programme has provoked outrage on social media and calls for something to be done to tackle the amount of food that is thrown away or rejected by supermarkets for cosmetic reasons.

Last month Banbury CAG held Harvest Banbury where the local community donated unwanted fruit, some of which was juiced while the rest was donated to local charities, groups and residents.

The event saved half a tonne of apples from going in the bin.

Now Banbury CAG hopes to relaunch the second phase of the project following Monday night’s programme.

Banbury CAG chairman, Jake Ellement said: “We have thought for a while that we wanted to set up a pop-up cafe. It’s not only to tackle waste at supermarkets but also at restaurants in Banbury that have quite a lot of excess food.”

He added the cafe would use collected food on or near its use by date to make dishes and would be run on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis.

Any leftover food would then be donated to other charities.

“We want to save as much of this food from going to landfill as possible,” Mr Ellement said. “We are looking for people willing to donate their waste food. It will be aimed at restaurants and businesses to start off with but we could include people with allotments or gardens who have grown too much food.”

Banbury CAG also launched a Facebook page this week called Waste Not Banbury, which can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/1675220486056901/ similar to the Wastenot Prestwich page launched as part of Hugh’s War on Waste.

Anyone wanting to help, can contact Banbury CAG at banburycag@gmail.com.