Appetite to grow your own fruit and veg? Find out more at events

Date: 

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Find out more about growing your own fruit, vegetables and flowers in allotments and other growing spaces such as community gardens and orchards.

People and community groups are being invited to contribute as East Dunbartonshire Council continues work to develop a local Food Growing Strategy.

Drop-in sessions were held last May/June to raise awareness and gauge demand.

The next stage in the process is to hold local engagement events to share information on potential growing sites and discuss their suitability with local people interested in growing their own.

Events have been organised in conjunction with local groups and community councils, and will take place as follows:

  • Milngavie & Bearsden - Thursday 1 March, 7pm-9pm, in the Fraser Centre, 11 Douglas Street, Milngavie, G62 6PA
  • Torrance & Balmore - Monday 12 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm in Baldernock Primary School, Fluchter Road, Balmore, G64 4AS
  • Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Haughhead and Clachan of Campsie - Wednesday 14 March, 10am-12.30pm, in the Lennox Room, Lennoxtown Community Hub, 46 Main Street, Lennoxtown, G66 7JJ
  • Kirkintilloch, Lenzie & Twechar - Thursday 22 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm at East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action (EDVA), Unit 4 & 5, 18 Townhead, G66 1NL
  • Bishopbriggs - Thursday 22 March, 5pm-7.30pm at Woodhill Evangelical Church ('Etive' meeting room), 30 Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 2NH (please note change of venue)
  • Milngavie & Bearsden - Monday 26 March, 7pm-9pm at the Fraser Centre, 11 Douglas Street, Milngavie, G62 6PA

Each event will focus on the particular area, but if you are not able to attend your local event, you are welcome at any of the others.

Thomas Glen, Depute Chief Executive - Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, "I hope as many people as possible can attend their local event. Work is continuing on a local Food Growing Strategy and the continued input of local residents and groups is essential.

"Please pop into one of the events to hear about potential opportunities, benefits and support for food-growing projects in East Dunbartonshire."

The aim of the Strategy is to give local people the opportunity to grow their own fruit, vegetables and flowers in allotments and other growing spaces - such as community gardens and orchards.

National charity greenspace scotland has been supporting Council officers with this work and is continuing to work in partnership.

The forthcoming Food Growing Strategy is a requirement of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/greenspace for more information.

If you need further details about the events, contact Ea O’Neill - e-mail ea.oneill@greenspacescotland.org.uk / call 01786 849757 - or Lauren Hollas - e-mail Lauren.Hollas@eastdunbarton.gov.uk / call 0141 578 8532.

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