Central Scotland Green Network

CSGN Growing Food Together Fund: Awards Made to Thirteen Projects

Thirteen community growing initiatives across Scotland will receive funds to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food, and to promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise. The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund 2021/22 has provided the awards through a £100,000 fund provided by the Scottish Government. The latest round of awards through the fund marks the first time that projects from across Scotland have been invited to apply.

Following a stream of applications, the list of successful projects includes growing spaces from Ayrshire to Aberdeen and beyond. They also include a wide range of objectives, from establishing growing areas at primary schools to running workshops at community growing spaces.

The projects that will receive funding are:

  • Tarbolton Primary School, South Ayrshire: Generations Growing Together Project
    • The creation of a communal growing area for the schools Intergenerational Group, including a potting shed, raised beds and tools.

  • Camphill Wellbeing Trust (CWT), Aberdeen: Compass Project
    • The establishment of organic no-dig community food growing and orchard spaces as part of the transformation of a Vacant and Derelict Land site into an exemplar community hub.

  • Govanhill Baths Community Trust, Glasgow: People’s Pantry Street Allotments
    • To create an “urban allotment” under the banner of the People’s Pantry in Govanhill, to provide growing spaces to local residents and support them with community events and activities.

  • Northmavine Community Development Company, Shetland: Growing Local Northmavine
    • To run 10 workshops in community growing spaces across the Northmavine area to encourage and support people with limited growing space at home to get growing.

  • Grow 73, South Lanarkshire: Green for Grow
    • Transforming a vacant space into a new community garden.

  • Bannockburn House Trust, Stirling: BHT Enclosed Gardens Project
    • Further renovation and restoration of the gardens at Bannockburn House, including access improvements, new growing beds and planting.

  • The Ecology Centre, Fife: Grow, Learn, Sustain
    • The creation of a children’s allotment, including raised beds and a polytunnel.

  • Trossachs Community Trust, Stirling: Community Garden @ the Old Trossachs School
    • Establishing a community garden in the grounds of the old Brig O’ Turk primary school.

  • TA Ayrshire Food Hub, East Ayrshire: Crossroads Community Hub
    • Improvements to the Crossroads Community Hub by installing a polytunnel and shipping container to be used as storage space.

  • Abundant Borders, Aberdeen: The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) Grove Growing Space
    • Installation of a deer fence to make a new, large community garden useable.

  • Edinburgh Agroecology Coop, Edinburgh: Lauriston Farm
    • Land preparation and establishment of a community market garden at Lauriston Farm.

  • Urban Roots Initiative, Glasgow: Gardens for Resilience
    • The building of raised beds, shelters and the provision of equipment for two new growing spaces, along with some therapeutic gardening sessions.

I am so pleased that the Growing Food Together Fund continues to deliver exciting projects and allow local communities to work together, growing their own fruit and vegetables. This year the fund will support a range of amazing projects from all over Scotland and I’d like to give my thanks to all of the community groups who are working together to grow local food and support their communities more widely.

Màiri McAllan
Scottish Government’s Minister for Environment and Land Reform
13 projects will receive a share of
to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food

It has been heartening to see so many applications coming in from groups across Scotland, all enthusing about developing growing projects in their communities. These initiatives bring to life so many of the Central Scotland Green Network’s aims, from physical and mental health to delivering multi-functional greenspace where it is needed most. I am delighted that this fund is continuing to support these communities and I will look forward to seeing the results of all their hard work.

Derek Robertson
Chief Executive at the Green Action Trust