Environment charity offers grants to community groups

Funding is available to those growing fruit and vegetables, promoting healthy eating and supporting outdoor exercise.

Green-fingered residents across Monklands can apply for funding to support community growing projects.

Central Scotland Green Network Trust has launched a new £100,000 fund entitled Growing Food Together, and can provide cash boosts for projects to grow fruit and vegetables and promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

The environmental charity’s fund is supported by the Scottish Government, and they are particularly interested to hear from groups “which help to fit community growing into central Scotland’s recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic”.

Chief executive Derek Robertson said: “We’re all aware of how important access to good quality local greenspaces is, particularly at the moment.

“Growing projects provide physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits, as well as the opportunity to grow healthy food; and community spaces will also be important areas for people to come together safely as lockdown is gradually eased.

“This fund is an excellent opportunity to support communities who would like to develop and improve their outdoor spaces, and we look forward to hearing from projects that will bring people together to enjoy the health benefits of growing fresh fruit and vegetables and create more resilient communities.”

Rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon added: “This funding is a fantastic opportunity for local residents – especially younger people – to get involved in community growing spaces and learn about the value of fresh, locally-grown food.”

Full information is available at www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org, and the deadline for applications is 5pm on July 24.

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