Spotlight on food maps and directories supporting their local food economy

Local food maps and directories are a really lovely way of engaging citizens and aiding the development of the local food economy.

Shropshire Good Food Partnership

One of our six key themes in the creation and maintenance of a Sustainable Food Place is supporting the local food economy. Alongside the signing-up of local food businesses, growing projects and spaces, food-access projects, and other related organistions to the local food charter (or list of agreed-upon aims), it's also immensly helpful to show local people where to find them and how they can get involved. 

A few different ways in which citizens can get involved in their local food partnership:

  • Buy local food
  • Volunteer in community/access projects
  • Participate in access projects
  • Join a growing space/project
  • Pledge to act sustainably 
  • Participate in cookery classes
  • Participate in a cultural event - like a book club or festival

All of these are wonderful ways to engage the local community, and for people to feel part of something bigger. The particular form of engagement that we would like to highlight here is buying local food to support the local economy, and to foster a sense of place. A really neat way that food partnerships have gone about encouraging this is by the presentation of food maps and directories, as well as local food trails, that are often based on the directories. Here are some examples from our network:  


AberdeenDirectory | Granite City Good Food | Aberdeen

Forth ValleySustainable Food Directory | Forth Valley Food Futures

DundeeFood & Drink — Eat & Drink Dundee (

GlasgowGlasgow Sustainable Food Directory – Good Food For All

HighlandHighland Good Food Map | Highland Good Food Partnership


Vale of GlamorganVale Food Trail


Blackburn with DarwenProducers Directory - Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance (

BrightonDirectory map – search – Brighton and Hove Food Partnership (

Cambridge: The Directory — Cambridge Sustainable Food 

CornwallGood Food Map | Sustainable Food Cornwall

DevonMade in Devon - Made in Devon

EastbourneBuy local | Eastbourne Food Partnership

GloucestershireMade in Gloucestershire | The Best Local Food and Drink

KentFood - Produced in Kent

LewesLocal Food Producers - Lewes District Food Partnership

LewishamGood Food Lewisham | Greater London

MiddlesbroughGood Food Mbro

North LancashireLocal Food Directory - FoodFutures

North NorthamptonshireMap | Locate Sustainable Organisations in North Northamptonshire (

OxfordshireOxfordshire's Sustainable Food Network | Good Food Oxfordshire (

SheffieldPartner Organisations | ShefFood: Sheffield's Food Partnership

Shropshire - food trail: Home | Shropshire Good Food ( 

Somerset - food trail: Somerset Food Trail Map

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