Edinburgh and Glasgow plan a community food growing revolution


A team from Possil health centre in Glasgow tend to their allotment box. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scotland’s largest local authority is already planning ahead by speaking with residents on how they can grow food in their own neighbourhoods.

By Chris Mccall
Aug 3, 2017


The consultation by Glasgow City Council attracted hundreds of responses from individuals and community groups, the results of which will now be analysed before being presented to councillors.

“We are delighted with the level of response,” a council spokeswoman told The Scotsman. “This shows how excited Glaswegians are about all sorts of food growing opportunities.”

Food growing is classed as anything from domestic gardens to agriculture. It could see public land turned over for community gardens, smallholdings, raised beds, allotments, hydroponic salad growing or even hedges for bramble picking.

Demand for allotments has been growing for several years across Scotland. There are 1488 plots across the Edinburgh, a comparable number to the 1960s.

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