Cash boost for community groups working towards a greener Glasgow

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Cash boost for community groups working towards a greener Glasgow
Cash boost for community groups working towards a greener Glasgow

A cash pot of £15,000 to encourage community green initiatives across Glasgow has been announced as part of a new Demand for Land campaign.

The funding, to be split between 10 different community projects, seeks to encourage Glaswegians to demand more growing land across the city.

The projects range from a student-led community garden in Knightswood Secondary School to a series of workshops dishing out learning content inspired by COP26 and African Relief Support.

A representative from one beneficiary, Friends of Garnethill Greenspaces, said: “[This] funding enables us to make a start in transforming an unused space to something that connects people, nature, and our food system.”

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The month-long campaign will seek to understand what barriers are stopping Glasgow residents from accessing growing spaces and what the demand for them is like in the city.

Jenny Reeves, chair of Glasgow Allotment Forum, said: “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.

“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.”

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