Food Growing Strategies

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act includes a new responsibility for Local Authorities to prepare a Food Growing Strategy.  This strategy will identify land in the Local Authority’s area that the Local Authority considers may be used as allotment sites, and other land that could be used by community for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers. It should also describe how the local authority intends to increase the provision of allotments and community growing, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage.

Food Growing Strategies Events

On 21 November 2018, the Grow Your Own Working Group held an event to discuss the new guidance for local authorities around producing Food Growing Strategies. A report from the event is here.

Below are an agenda and some briefing papers, produced by members of the Group to provide background information for the event, and to assist everyone involved in developing a Strategy.

Event agenda

A copy of the s119 guidance on the duty to prepare a food growing strategy can be found here.

Briefing Papers

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

  • Edible Edinburgh – Briefing
  • Community engagement/ participation – greenspace scotlands “Our Growing Community

Workshop 3


In September 2016 the GYOWG hosted an event at Victoria Quay to encourage best practice in developing Food Growing Strategies.  Many Local Authorities came to the event, and community growing groups came along to talk about their experiences too.   A report of the discussions and workshops is available to download here and presentations from the key note speakers and workshops are available to download below.

Speech – Roseanna Cunningham – Food Growing Strategy – September 2016

QA – Roseanna Cunningham – Food Growing Strategy – 22 September 2016

Charlie Powell FCFCG Presentation

Julie Procter greenspace scotland – Policy connections presentation

Julie Procter greenspace scotland – workshop 1 Presentation

Details of Section 119 of Part 9 of the Act

In December 2015, the GYOWG hosted an Introduction to the Community Empowerment Act event at Victoria Quay aimed at senior managers responsible for managing public land or engaging with community groups, and organisations which support community groups that may want to engage in community growing. The event was an introduction to the Act, so that people who are affected by the new rights, duties and responsibilities are aware of them and better able to implement them.  The event covered all parts of the Act that relate to community growing including wider green space/open space. A report from the event can be found below:

Introduction to the Community Empowerment Act event Programme

Introduction to the Community Empowerment Act event Report

Guidance and Support

Further guidance on Food Growing Strategies is currently being developed by Scottish Government and will be available later in 2018.  The GYOWG seeks to support Local Authorities and community growing groups to develop Food Growing Strategies. We will be updating this page with useful resources and adding case studies to the website.  Please get in touch if you have any questions and we will endeavour to help.