Local food growing receives boost in Glasgow

PARKLAND, disused bowling greens, derelict sites and expanded allotments space have all been recruited to create over 250 new plots across Glasgow to enable local people to grow their own food.

Backed by a funding package of almost £419,000, the 259 new plots will be shared across all of the city’s 23 council ward areas.

Says a city council announcement, here: “The food growing strategy aims to give Glasgow residents the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables in as widest range of settings possible. 

“Interest in food growing has surged during the Covid-19 lockdown with applications for spaces within traditional allotments rising significantly over the past year.

“It is hoped that the 259 new plots will help to meet the current high demand for growing spaces.”

The announcement adds: “Liaison with Glasgow food growers has so far also identified a further 170 sites across the city where it is believed there is potential for food growing.

“A digital mapping tool (here) shows the location of these sites, but the mapping tool also provides information on how to access permission to develop sites, find funding and where to get help to start growing. 

“An assessment of what growing would be suitable on each site will also be undertaken.”

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