Stephen Hughes, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the CSGN Support Unit, presented the findings of our Community Growing Audit, part of the 2010 CSGN Baseline work at a recent SNH Sharing Good Practice Community Growing event in Battleby. This event was opened by keynote speaker, Stewart Stephenson MSP, who announced a £600,000 package of support to encourage the development of more community growing and support the growth of Scotland’s grow your own sector.

The event raised awareness of the community food movement, linked to the Scottish  Government’s Recipe for Success – Scotland’s National Food and Drink Policy and the Grow Your Own Working Group.

The presentations and workshops demonstrated how communities can be supported and encouraged to grow local food from small allotments through to community land projects. There were also presentations on latest research and ongoing projects linked to design and site layout.

Stephen’s presentation communicated the vision and ambition of the CSGN particularly regarding community growing. Findings were presented from aspects of the CSGN Support Unit Baseline Research, including a summary of the extent of community growing within the CSGN area and identification of areas which might benefit most from community growing projects.

A printed summary report of the Community Growing research and several recent CSGN Case Studies were also distributed on the day.