Bridport Food Matters

Many experts expect crop failures and food shortages to be one of the major impacts of accelerating climate change over the next few years. Since early 2020, Seeding our Future’s founder, Alan Heeks, has been leading a project in his home town Bridport, to explore how a local community can raise its food security. This section of the website shares information from this initiative, which will hopefully be of use to other communities in the U.K. and beyond.

This initiative is called Bridport Food Matters, and is a partnership between Seeding our Future, Bridport Local Food Group and Transition Town Bridport. Bridport Food Matters has set up a new website, issues regular newsletters, and has run a number of briefing and consultative events. The main aims of the project include: increasing demand and supply for local sustainably produced food, helping affordable food access, providing information and education, and encouraging climate-adaptive crops and cultivation methods.


You can follow our latest updates including planned events through our newsletter, sign up here and read the latest issues on the Bridport Food Matters website.

Food Access

For details of food banks and community groups helping to feed the vulnerable in Bridport, click here.

A Bridport Local Food Hub

  • See here for our Bridport Local Food Hub discussion document.
  • Online roundtable discussion for community organisations and consumers, 23 September 2020, see report here.
  • Online discussion with retailers and local producers, 20 October 2020, see report here.

Adapting to climate change resources

Growing through Climate Change: reports on research commissioned by Seeding our Future to highlight how producers, consumers and home growers across south-west England can adapt to climate change impacts: for example, by changing cultivation methods, crops grown, produce bought, etc. To see more, click on one of the links below:

Growing through Climate Change – Full Report
Growing through Climate Change – Summary Report
Briefing Paper for Arable and Mixed Farmers

Other useful information

  • Digging deeper into local food: online workshop hosted by Seeding our Future and Transition Town Bridport: see event report here.
  • For a PDF leaflet summarising Seeding our Future’s work on food security with the Bridport community, click here.