Clackmannanshire allotment and food growing strategy

This feasibility project informed the development of a Clackmannanshire-wide Allotments and Food Growing Strategy based on local need and demand for community growing. It identifies land currently available and options for making more land available to increase provision.

The project also explores both traditional and innovative community growing approaches and support the development of local food growing projects and activities.

Development and Environment Services, Clackmannanshire Council, and greenspace scotland worked together on the project which also included an audit of current community growing sites and the development of four community growing case studies.

Supporting local authorities to develop local Food Growing Strategies (LFGS)

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires each local authority to prepare a food-growing strategy for its area to identify land that may be used as allotment sites, identify other areas of land that could be used for community growing, and describe how the authority intends to increase provision for community growing, in particular in areas which experience socio-economic disadvantage.

greenspace scotland has supported the initial stages of developing a Local Food Growing Strategy (LFGS) in six Scottish local authority areas. In each case, greenspace scotland staff have supported local authority colleagues to develop a framework for strategy development. This support has, depending on the area, included:

  • identifying the links between the LFGS and other strategies and policy commitments
  • scoping out the key local stakeholders who need to be involved in strategy development
  • planning how to engage and communicate with stakeholders;
  • identifying sites which offer growing opportunities
  • facilitating meetings, events and workshops with communities and others

We are currently developing a series of learning notes drawing on our experience of working across the six Councils - watch this space for more news and info coming soon