In June 2009 Roseanna Cunningham, the then Minister for Environment and Climate Change, intimated a need for a Grow Your Own Working Group (GYOWG) to take forward the part of the Scottish Government’s Food and Drink Policy relating to growing your own food Recipe for Success.
The growing of vegetables and fruit in allotments, community gardens and orchards on public, private, school, community and other types of land are all included in ‘Grow your Own’.
Throughout 2010, the members of the GYOWG worked together to produce a report that presented a list of recommendations and steps needed to fulfill the aspirations of the GYO communities across Scotland under the headings of planning, legal, community land, skills, guidance, and funding.
Membership of the GYOWG is open to any organisation interested in GYO and the first action of the GYOWG was to ensure that all those organisations had been notified of the existence of the Group and the open invitation to become involved.
Since then, the group has gone from strength to strength, taking forward many of the original recommendations, and producing 2 subsequent work plans. The main focus of the work in 2017 and onwards is ensuring that the GYO website continues to be a useful resources for the GYO community, and those wanting to grow their own; and support the implementation of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.