Final say on Scottish Borders’ first Food Growing Strategy

A final consultation on the Scottish Borders’ first Food Growing Strategy is now live.

By Dawn Renton
Monday, 21st September 2020, 8:03 am

Comments are welcomed on the draft strategy as part of the 12-week consultation, which runs until 8 December, at

An initial consultation took place last year, which saw 300 responses received from the public and community groups already growing their own fruit and vegetables, as well as those who do not but would like to give it a try.

The feedback contributed to the draft strategy, which is required under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

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The strategy seeks to assist those looking to find their local food growing site, and to present other opportunities for other sites that could be used for lots of different food growing.

While there are a number of good community food growing networks already in place in the Scottish Borders, the draft strategy aims to demonstrate how further activity can take place and provide benefits to more people.

The draft strategy was approved by SBC’s Executive Committee on Tuesday 15 September to go to the final consultation phase.

Councillor Robin Tatler, SBC’s Executive Member for Community Development and Localities, said: “We firstly must thank all of the groups and people who took part in our initial consultation last year, which has helped shape the draft strategy.

“It emphasised to us the fantastic work already taking place in the Scottish Borders in terms of local people playing their part through the various community food growing projects and the related health, education and social benefits they provide.

“In line with the Act, we are now publishing the draft strategy for a final consultation, which I would encourage Borderers to read and comment on should they have any more views.

“We would also welcome approaches from anyone with ideas or plans for new potential spaces for growing.”