Part of a month-long campaign
Glasgow Community Food Network HAS announced funding of £15k for 10 community groups across Glasgow to coincide with its Demand for Land campaign.
This milestone is a major move for the partnership on its mission to work alongside local communities to create a system which is fairer and kinder to both people and the planet, a mission which is being progressed by their Food and Climate Action Project.
This funding event is the first in series of free public events - the Festival of Growing - which are underway as part of campaign with people being encouraged to get involved with the #ShowWhatYouGrow competition - the winners will win a free foraging workshop in Glasgow.
The month-long campaign will look at how and why people want access to land in Glasgow, the barriers, and the level of demand. Glaswegians are encouraged to take part by submitting their own responses to a ‘land seekers survey’ which will more accurately demonstrate the number of people looking for green space and the variety of reasons they would want to use it for.
Jenny Reeves, the chair of Glasgow Allotment Forum, said this of the demand for growing spaces in Glasgow.
“People don’t realise that the local authority has a duty to provide someone who lives in the City with an allotment plot if that is what they want,” she said.
“With a waiting list of more than 2000 people that means more land needs to be made available for food growing.
“People have been waiting up to 12 years to get an allotment garden and at the current rate of making provision they’ll have to wait even longer in future. We need effective action to provide land for growing now.”