Cornwall Food Production Unit


Working in partnership, Community 1st Cornwall and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust developed this unique food production facility as part of a continued vision and commitment to expand the health and social care infrastructure in Cornwall. The facility opened in 2008.

Built in an area of regeneration with economic, environmental and sustainable benefits at the forefront of its design, the innovative food production unit gives the NHS in Cornwall greater scope to increase the range of locally sourced produce, allowing the development of more links with smaller, local suppliers, including organic producers, and the ability to offer more seasonal produce on hospital menus.

This project demonstrates the breadth of activities Community 1st Cornwall can participate in and successfully deliver.

The LIFT partnership is not just about GP and primary care services reprovision but about the overall regeneration and improvement of the county’s community asset infrastructure.
The project was awarded almost £2m of grant funding in 2006 under the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Objective 1 programme, receiving part financing from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund of the European Union (EAGGF) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Community Health Partnerships recognised the Cornwall Food Production Unit scheme in their Innovation Programme as a good example of where the LIFT programme can support sustainability, with the facility also shortlisted in the sustainability category at the 2008 National LIFT awards.