Here you can find lots of useful information for, and about, community gardening and farming projects in Scotland. You can:
- Find gardens and farms in your local area via our interactive map or our search page.
- Find details of events by viewing the news and updates section below.
- Download a copy of the FCFCG Scotland map and other useful publications.
- See the bottom of this page for contact details of FCFCG staff in Scotland.
Scotland News & Events
Regularly updated with news of interest to community gardens & farms in Scotland, plus details of training and networking events. Latest updates:
- Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - Have your say
- Launch of the Landowners' Guide to Community Growing Spaces
- Scottish Parliament Exhibition
- Other news, including discounts on SCVO and Trellis membership
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - Information and discussion event
The Scottish Government have launched the consultation for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. This is the last chance for you to influence government policy in areas including:
- A right for communities to take over underused public sector land and assets.
- A Community right to buy in urban areas.
- Changes to allotment law.
The Federation will be responding to the consultation but we would like as many of you as possible to make individual responses and to hear your views. If we act together as a network we have more chance of influencing policy.
The consultation document is 75 pages long and has 71 questions – however, we have produced a 3 page briefing highlighting the 23 questions that we think are most relevant to community gardens – hopefully this will make your lives easier! Please click here to download this briefing.
We are hosting a further explanation and discussion of how this affects projects on December 13th in Glasgow, in association with the Glasgow Local Food Network. An MSP will be attending this event to give advice on how to influence politicians, both at a policy level and by organising a visit to your project. If you would like to attend the (free) event, please go to our registration page to register.
In the meantime, please make contact with our Edinburgh office if you would like to discuss further how the proposals may impact your group.
The consultation is open until January 24th - given that this covers the Christmas period, time to respond is limited.
Launch of the Landowners' Guide to Community Growing Spaces
A new Guide aiming to encourage Scotland's landowners to make more land available for community growing was welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, at an event at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 7 March.
The Guide For Landowners, produced by the Community Land Advisory Service in Scotland, provides comprehensive information and advice to help landowners play their part in the surge in community gardening and food growing across Scotland. The publication is a response to recent evidence, including research conducted by Scotland's Grow Your Own Working Group (GYOWG), which shows community groups can struggle to find land in order to expand and strengthen the capacity of their local community. Meanwhile, many landowners are keen to support such projects, but lack the knowledge of how to go about it, are worried about statutory responsibilities or find the process of lease negotiations too daunting.
The Guide has been created to provide key information on issues such as site suitability, leases, planning and land use and the law. It was written by the Community Land Advisory Service in conjunction with the Grow Your Own Working Group, Scottish Land & Estates and The Scottish Government.
Paul Wheelhouse said: "I very much welcome the publication of the Guide For Landowners. It is particularly apt during Climate Week, which inspires action for a sustainable future. I hope the Guide will also serve as inspiration and encouragement for landowners, both private and public, to consider use of their land for food-growing purposes within their communities. Giving people the opportunity to grow food creates many potential rewards for landowners, a more sustainable future for Scotland and a better quality of life for its people. This publication will be a key element in unlocking that potential."
A downloadable version of the Guide, along with template leases and other resources, is available to all landowners from the CLAS website here
Scottish Parliament Exhibition
The Federation of City Farms and Community Garden, Trellis (supporting health through horticulture) and the Community Land Advisory Service held an exhibition at the Scottish Parliament in January 2013 to highlight the range and diversity of community farms, gardens and allotments in Scotland to MSPs and their staff.
It was a great opportunity to showcase the excellent work of community gardening and farming projects and highlight issues affecting them. The exhibition drew much interest and many people have signed up to visit a project in their constituency to experience the benefits of community gardening directly. As a result of the exhibition, Jayne Baxter MSP has put down a motion to support community farms and gardens. See below for the text of the motion:
The Parliament welcomes the work being done by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in partnership with Trellis and the Community Land Advisory Service to promote, represent and support community-managed farms and gardens across Scotland; recognises the diversity of the projects that they support in both size and type and that projects are shaped to reflect the community in which they are situated; pays tribute to the work and energy of what it understands is the more than 12,500 Scots involved in such projects every year across over 500 community, therapeutic and allotment garden projects; celebrates what it considers to be the huge benefits for health, learning, the environment, social enterprise and for children, families and volunteering; considers that other key benefits of such projects are regeneration and social inclusion for traditionally hard-to-reach groups; encourages people across Scotland to get involved in community farming and growing; applauds the ongoing work of the Federation of City Farms and Gardens, Trellis and the Community Land Advisory Service in supporting communities to come together to grow, and wishes community farm and garden projects across Scotland, such as the Community Garden in Burntisland, every success in the future.
Community Growing Gets Funding Boost
Community growing in Scotland has been handed a boost by the Scottish Government, alongside a new three year commitment to FCFCG in Scotland to help its working in supporting the development of community growing projects. Go here for the full story.
Video called 'People Grow Better In Gardens' available
A film from Trellis, our partner in the lottery-funded Growing Communities in Scotland project, is now available to view on Youtube.
Free SCVO Membership
FCFCG members with a turnover of less than £25,000 a year are automatically eligible for free membership of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations which works to support people to take voluntary action to help themselves and others and to bring about social change. You can find out more about the benefits of membership to SCVO here.
Trellis Membership Discount
FCFCG is offering a 25 percent discount scheme for groups who are members of our partner organisation Trellis. The discount works as follows:
1. If you are already a member of Trellis and wish to become a member of FCFCG, then you will receive a 25 percent discount on any annual membership fee charged by FCFCG. You can download a membership application by visiting www.farmgarden.org.uk/join
2. If you are already a member of Trellis and FCFCG you can apply for the discount when your membership of FCFCG is due for renewal.
Community gardens in Scotland may be interested in Scotland’s Gardens (SGS), a registered charity created in 1931, which raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland to the public. For more details visit: www.gardensofscotland.org
Funding opportunities for community gardens in Scotland. Includes long term funding and grants schemes. FCFCG in Scotland also provides regular e-bulletins with funding information to its members.
Scottish community garden starter pack: Specifically written for Scotland, it covers the often complex issues that can arise when setting up or developing a community garden, with advice on topics ranging from legal obligations and fundraising to negotiating for a site and employing staff. New members will automatically be sent this pack along with a number of other useful documents. Non-members can order a copy from our Scotland office for £6 or download the pack free below.
Scotland map: Our unique map gives details of 46 local community gardens and farms in Scotland. Copies of the map are available from the Scotland office of the FCFCG. Alternatively you can download a PDF version by clicking on the map icon below:
Until June 2012 FCFCG was working in partnership with Trellis and the Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI) on the Big Lottery funded Growing Communities in Scotland project, which aimed to promote and support community gardens, city farms and therapeutic gardens in Scotland. Although the funding for this project has now finished and ARI is being wound up we are continuing to work closely with Trellis to offer joint networking and training events.
We also support other initiatives which bring benefits to communities in Scotland.
Naomi Knights, Scotland Development Worker
Tel: 0131 623 7058
John Diment, Scotland Administrator
Tel: 0131 623 7058
FCFCG Scotland Office, c/o Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LA
Tel: 0131 623 7058