Views sought in Scottish Borders Food Growing Strategy consultation

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Published: Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Borderers are being invited to help form the area’s first Food Growing Strategy.

A 12-week consultation has been launched which allows members of the public the chance to give their views.

Scottish Borders Food Growing Strategy

We would like to hear from those who already grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as those who do not but would like to give it a try.

The feedback will contribute to the first Scottish Borders Food Growing Strategy, which is required under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, with a consultative draft to be finalised by spring 2020.

The strategy seeks to identify land that may be used as allotment sites, and identify other areas of land that could be used for lots of different kinds of community growing.

While there are a number of good community food growing networks already in place in the Scottish Borders, the strategy will demonstrate how we can support and facilitate further activity.  

Have your say

You can take part in the consultation online. The closing date is Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

“While the Council has a duty under the Act to introduce this strategy, we are also aware that community food growing provides a wide variety of benefits.

“These include health, education, an opportunity to meet other people and potential to enhance the community spirit of an area, which is why we are keen that this strategy helps provide an opportunity to those who currently do not grow food, but would like to.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to give us their views to help shape the strategy, and to provide some basic contact information so we can keep in touch as the strategy evolves.”