GetGrowing Scotland Forum
GetGrowing Scotland is coordinated by the Community Growing Forum Scotland.
The Community Growing Forum Scotland is a voluntary collaboration of partners that support and practice growing in our communities. Working together, with partners and people across the country, we aim for all communities in Scotland to GetGrowing. Formerly Grow Your Own Scotland, our collaboration has been running since 2012. Today our priority is to ‘grow back better’ – greener, healthier, fairer, from COVID-19; recovery and renewal through growing.
Our vision: More communities and people can participate and benefit from food and other growing activities in their local area.
CEMVO Scotland is a national intermediary organisation and strategic partner of the Scottish Government Equality Unit, building capacity and sustainability of the ethnic minority (EM) voluntary sector and its communities. We deliver a range of services and projects and work strategically with public, statutory, and government agencies to tackle a range of prevalent issues such as race equality, social inclusion, capacity building and civic participation. Our work on climate change supports community growing and food projects to thrive.
Fife Council is represented on the Forum through Allotments Officer Peter Duncan, who is also a representative for the Tripartite Working Group, set up by Scottish Government to take forward Section 9 of the Community Empowerment Act. The group consists of representation from the Scottish Government , Local Authorities and the Scottish Allotment and Gardens Society.
GLASGOW ALLOTMENTS FORUM
We are an independent voluntary organisation that supports Glasgow allotment holders, associations and committee members in managing and developing their sites for the good of all their members and the environment. We share knowledge and information about topics of interest, hold meetings every two months, organise two major events annually – Potato Day and a Celebration of Allotments, and run City-wide initiatives promoting inclusion, green practices and co-working, recognising that allotments are an essential element in local networks for food-growing and place-making.
The Green Action Trust is the trusted delivery partner focussed on environmental and regeneration outcomes for Scotland. We work with a range of private, public and third sector partners across Scotland to turn ideas into tangible change, to build more sustainable communities and a greener country. We plan, collaborate and deliver positive action across the country to achieve Scotland’s climate change ambitions, and identify and deliver opportunities for improving greenspaces in both urban and rural settings. We are specifically responsible for the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network Plan, the largest green infrastructure project in Europe.
Greenspace Scotland is Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity – a social enterprise, working together with a wide range of national and local partners, so that everyone in Scotland can access and enjoy quality greenspaces which meet their needs and improves quality of life. Themes include planning, development, sustainable management, use and evaluation of greenspaces, green networks and green infrastructure.
Our activities include: developing and sharing practice, research and knowledge management, policy and funding advocacy, partnership development and support, training and pioneer projects, and bespoke consultancy, training and support.
Our vision is for communities and people across Scotland to participate in local growing and environmental stewardship and development of green infrastructure, to act on the climate and nature emergencies.
We improve the quality of people’s lives, and places across Scotland, through engaging and supporting them to improve the environment, from reducing the amount of litter on our streets to cutting the carbon emissions that threaten our planet. Our actions include campaigns, training, clean-ups, awards and accreditations, and local environmental quality monitoring. The Beautiful Scotland campaign and the It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative recognise the work volunteers and supporters in community growing.
The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (The Caley) is Scotland’s horticultural and gardening society. We aim to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of all types of horticulture and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for everyone. We have links with groups across Scotland and in Edinburgh have a large demonstration allotment as well as a large teaching garden and demonstration beds at our base in Saughton Park.
Our mission is to inspire healthy, environmentally friendly living and provide the community with the opportunity to reduce carbon footprint, and enjoy affordable, chemical free local food. Our aims include increasing confidence in growing – for all ages, providing a friendly and supportive environment for volunteers from across the community. Projects include Incredible Edible, Growing Our Future and Back To Work. Through Founder Emma Whitham, we have also been working on the Highland Good Food Conversation and with Highlands Council on the development of their new Food Growing Strategy.
We campaign on food justice issues in Scotland, working across food issues that are at the heart of many of the major crises we collectively face today – health, inequality and social justice, and destruction of our natural environment. Our work spans supporting grassroots community efforts to influencing national policy and legislation, and includes our work campaigning, along with the Scottish Food Coalition, on a Good Food Nation.
A sustainable food collective working in the West of Scotland nuturing and supporting the emergence of ideas, solutions and practical projects around the themes of food, communities and resilience.
RHET provides children and young people in Scotland, aged 3 to 18, opportunities to learn about food, farming, and the countryside. We work with schools to provide free education and learning opportunities including farm visits, resource material, and school visits to The Royal Highland Show. Our work is organised by a team of Project Coordinators and volunteer committees, the twelve RHET Countryside Initiatives throughout Scotland.
Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to garden and grow together. In Scotland we represent and support c.300 projects and organisations across the country, each delivering opportunities for and the benefits from outdoor and nature-based activities, from growing food and learning skills, to climate action and improving wellbeing. We advocate for our sector, provide one to one advice through our enquiry service, and work with partners all sectors. Free to join here [email@example.com]. We also welcome approaches from partners supporting communities such as local authorities, third sector interfaces or housing associations.
Scottish Allotments & Gardens Society works for allotment sites and plot holders throughout Scotland to protect sites, preserve skills in gardening and design, and promote the value and benefits of allotments to people and the environment. We do this through facilitating networking among allotment associations, campaigning nationally and locally, raising awareness of the planning process and new other new legislation, coordinating the conservation of seeds and plants, and recording the on-going story of allotments.
Transition Edinburgh South
Transition Edinburgh South is part of the transition movement created by people working together in local areas towards transformative change that significantly reduces carbon emissions, meet social needs, enable sustainable lifestyles, and create new forms of collaborative democracy and decision-making. Gracemount Community Garden is the principal project of Transition Edinburgh South. It is a beautiful and active space, within the walled garden of Gracemount Mansion House in the South of Edinburgh, where we get together and, through using organic regenerative horticulture, learn and enjoy growing and food.
We’re here to help you on know-how about therapeutic gardening, the art of using gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing. We support a network of over 460 therapeutic gardening projects in Scotland so they can share skills, good practice and get connected, run training workshops and an information service, support research and development, and make sure that the voice of our network is heard by policy makers. Come and join us.