Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham visited the Bridgend Community Allotment Health Project in Edinburgh on November 17 to see the positive impact growing your own food has on health and wellbeing.
Roseanna Cunningham said: “Our National Food and Drink Policy recognises the important role ‘grow your own’ activities can offer to our environment, health and wellbeing. They also help us to appreciate where our food comes from, and how it grows.
Bridgend Allotment Community Health Project is in Craigmillar Castle Country Park. It is part of Edinburgh City Council’s organic allotment site at Bridgend Farm on Old Dalkeith Road, Scotland’s first wholly organic allotment.
The project is open to anyone who wants to get fitter, meet other people, learn about growing fruit and vegetables, or who may be recovering from injury, thinking about getting back to work or simply just wanting to sit and watch the garden grow. The staff are trained horticulturists, experienced in working with people of all ages and abilities.
“We are in discussions with the Scottish Allotments and Gardening Society and other stakeholders to help unlock the potential that unused derelict land holds for community growing projects and allotments and are looking to make more land available.”