Would you like to Grow Your Own fruit and veg in Leith?

As part of their ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign, Edinburgh Community Backgreens  Association in partnership with Edinburgh City Council are offering an opportunity to manage your own mini allotment, as well as learn how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in Leith.Despite the time of year, it is never too late to start growing something, nor too late to learn what you need to do to begin growing your own local, fresh and naturally produced food.

New Community Allotment

An area of unused Council property near Dickson Street, Leith, has been identified as a potential community allotment site.   The plots at the site will be much smaller than at conventional allotment sites, but it is hoped that they will provide an opportunity to grow, for those on the Council waiting list for a larger plot, or those who may have limited time and energy and would prefer a smaller plot.

Probably the site can be developed with up to 40 raised beds, each measuring 1.2m x 2.4m (4’ x 8’), that can grow a useful quantity of valuable fresh salads, soft fruit and more. ECBA are inviting folks interested in the opportunity of managing one or more of these beds.

To kick things off, a weekly Grow Your Own course will be run at the site over a six week period from early September.  If you feel you could benefit from a course specifically aimed at growing your own food close to home, ECBA would be pleased to hear from you. The course is free, but places are limited to 15, so please call early to register your interest. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is  healthy, mentally and physically, deeply satisfying and helps reduce your food-miles!

ECBA will also give away a free raised bed to each person who takes part in the course!

To find out more or to register your interest contact:-Peter Upton, Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association.  0131 243 2698, peter.upton@ecba.org.uk


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