Scotland Community Growing 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.
Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson announced a £600,000 package of support to encourage the development of more community growing and support the growth of Scotland’s grow your own sector. £450,000 of the funding has been allocated to the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund and will be distributed to community growing projects over three years. The remaining £177,500 has been allocated to organisations to support the growth of the community growing, including FCFCG.
The Federation's Scotland team will use the funding for the provision of training, advice and publications - benefitting over 120 community farms and gardens in Scotland, and improving the knowledge and skills of 3,000 volunteers and more than 100,000 visitors.
Mr. Stevenson also launched a new website - www.growyourownscotland.info. Developed by the Federation of City Farms and Gardens, the site brings together all the organisations and grow your own resources that are available for people in Scotland.
Speaking at a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) community growing event at Battleby, near Perth, the Environment Minister said: “With the hunger for allotments currently outstripping availability in Scotland the Scottish Government is fully committed to supporting people that are interested in grow your own initiatives and projects. Our National Food and Drink Policy highlights the importance of grow your own initiatives and this funding will help communities all over Scotland increase access to healthy and sustainable food for all.”
Helen Pank from the Federation of City Farms and Gardens said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government has awarded the FCFCG funding to continue our work. We support new and emerging community growing projects across Scotland, helping them become more effective, efficient and sustainable, and we make sure the benefits of community growing, to the environment, community cohesion, people’s health and the local economy, are better understood and publicised.
This grant from the Scottish Government will allow us to continue to provide an advice service, networking and training events, travel bursaries, site visits and promotional work, all of which will encourage and enable communities to start, and continue, growing projects”