In March 2017, the local authority earmarked £145,000 to develop innovative community growing projects in the regeneration areas across Aberdeen, the areas with the highest levels of multiple deprivation. Nearly £130,000 has already been shared among a dozen projects with £20,000 still available.
The programme is known as ‘Granite City Growing’. Granite City Good Food, the Sustainable Food Cities network member in Aberdeen, was an instrumental member in the Food Growing Strategy Steering Group, calling for more food growing in the city.
The programme has delivered communal gardens, growing plots at primary schools and even six bee hives in the city centre. Earlier this month the capital programme committee agreed to award £6,000 to the Bonnymuir Green Community Trust, which has plans to turn a former bowling green into allotments.
Veg Cities: Veg Cities is a feature campaign of the Sustainable Food Cities led by food and farming charity Sustain in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative led by the Food Foundation, Nourish Scotland, Food Cardiff and WWF.
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