The Incredible Edible Network are leading a campaign for People to be given the right to turn road verges, sterile lawns around hospitals and underused public spaces into vegetable gardens and orchards, say campaigners for a “right to grow” law.

The proposal which has cross party support would oblige councils to maintain a list of public land suitable for “community cultivation” or “environmental enhancement”, including land owned by the NHS, government agencies and possibly water utilities. Local people and volunteer groups could apply to cultivate the land, without being charged, for an agreed period.

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More and more people in Scotland want to grow their own fruit and vegetables but land availability is a big challenge. greenspace scotland champions the development of the Our Growing Community model to support communities in urban scotland to take a more holistic and strategic approach to community food growing.

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