People and projects across Scotland are improving lives and building community through growing, gardening, and restoring and protecting nature in their local area.
We have nature as our partner, growing food, flowers, meadows, orchards and trees, reaping the benefits today.
Food insecurity, the cost of living, and nature and climate crises bring extra urgency to our work.
We are planning for a more sustainable and resilient future, regenerating our land, and making our contribution to climate and nature action. GetGrowing Scotland’s mission is that every one and every community in Scotland has this opportunity.
There are opportunities and challenges, and many communities need your support – people, land, resources, investment, and collaboration – to do it.
Can you help Scotland to Get Growing?
What can you do?
Landowners – Land that is unused, or can be used more valuably, can be protected for growing and repurposed. Land in all sizes and places: from farmland to outside space on properties across Scotland, rural to urban.
Local Authorities – There are many ways, and roles for many Council officials, to support and embed local growing and nature activities – linking and implementing policies and measures that, through collaboration, will support local community led action [land, planning, climate action and community development for example, funding [even small amounts] ,and sharing resources from woodchips to compost and machinery –
Other public sector bodies also have similar opportunities to partner with communities to deliver to vision and statutory obligations.
Partners – local, regional, national, or international, connect with the grassroots through supporting the movement, from NHS to Third Sector Interface [TSI], other UK and global organisation with a share the vision.
Third Sector and Community Groups – make Get Growing Scotland part of your ambition for your community.
Businesses – large or small, share your resource and skills, participate and demonstrate your values, from carpenters to corporates you have a contribution to make.
Developers – plan for growing in your developments, protect arable land and provide opportunities for authentic and sustainable community engagement.
Funders and Investors – Big and small amounts of money can be well spent by supporting growing in our communities, from alleviating food insecurity, environmental justice to changing food systems.
Home and allotment growers have a role of course, share your land, seeds, plants and horticulture skills and grow with nature and for the climate. [link to GYO button]
Activists – make on the ground action part of your call, show how to do it by being involved in local food growing and nature projects.
Scottish Government – Activate Good Food Nation by connecting policies and funding.
It is all about People – on the ground, to break ground and keep growing, this is all about all of us.
The Community Growing Forum Scotland, hosts for www.getgrowingscotland.org, can help you to get involved and Get Scotland Growing. Join the enablers!
Business and corporate support for community growing: Would your business be able to connect with your local community, lend a hand and make a difference? Can you invest in your local area and sponsor groups to make it greener? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to connect you to the opportunities.
Everyone has a role, be part of GetGrowing Scotland.