Food For Thought At Community Food Growing Strategy Event

On Thursday 22 June, Threave Gardens in Castle Douglas played host to a gathering of gardeners and food-producers from across Dumfries and Galloway, from New Galloway to Kirkcudbright and Langholm to Stranraer.

Around 100 people gathered to hear about the Community Food Growing Strategy that our Council is set to develop in collaboration with partners.
The event was organised to seek the views of allotment holders, orchard experts, community gardeners and anybody with an interest in growing food locally to kick-start the Council’s Community Food Growing Strategy. Once in place, the Strategy will determine the manner in which the Council and local residents work together over the next five years to promote all of the benefits of food-growing.

Cllr Ferguson addressing group as well as group discussion
The Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Andy Ferguson spoke at the event. Afterwards he commented:
“The benefits of collaborative gardening and food-growing are as varied as improving mental health, overcoming loneliness, eating more healthily, improving gardening knowledge and cookery skills in local communities. Our Council also hopes that a network for the sharing of information about to grow across the region will be created. Our Council is looking forward to bringing this strategy to the fore and engaging with community groups all over the region.”

Additional information about the Strategy in Dumfries and Galloway can be sought by contacting Patricia Riley, Principal Officer, Partnership Support on [email protected]


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