greenspaces are ...

creative spaces

inspirational spaces encouraging
creativity in an outdoor setting

Image © Land & Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council

greenspaces are ...

breathing spaces

oasis of calm amidst city
bustle, a place to unwind

Image © greenspace scotland/SNH

greenspaces are ...

celebration spaces

gathering places where people come
together for events and activities

Image © Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust

greenspaces are ...

growing spaces

productive places that nourish
and sustain communities and individuals

Image © greenspace scotland/SNH

greenspaces are ...

healthy spaces

inviting places which
encourage us to get active

Image © Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust

greenspaces are ...

learning spaces

natural grounds for lifelong learning

Image © Balornock Urban Garden Scheme

greenspaces are ...

living spaces

attractive spaces on our doorsteps

Image © Glasgow Greenspace

greenspaces are ...

meeting spaces

communal places encouraging
communities to come together

Image © greenspace scotland/SNH

greenspaces are ...

play spaces

safe places where children
can adventure and explore

Image © Central Scotland Forest Trust

greenspaces are ...

purposeless spaces

it could be more than
a boring green desert

Image © greenspace scotland

greenspaces are ...

stalled spaces

meanwhile greenspaces instead
of derelict eyesores?

Image © greenspace scotland

greenspaces are ...

wild spaces

informal places that welcome
nature back to our cities

Image © Glasgow Greenspace

greenspaces are ...

working spaces

attractive places where
people want to live and work

Image © greenspace scotland/SNH

greenspaces are ...

your space

the greenspace on your doorstep
how will you get involved?

Image © Friends of Sunnybank Park

greenspaces are ...

wasted spaces

use your imagination...
this could be a community garden,
a play space ...

Image © greenspace scotland

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Here are some ideas for a plan of action that you or your group could take to get people from the local community involved in developing your own ‘food growing community’.

doing a growing space audit

  • get a group of interested people together to explore "where could we grow"
  • create or draw your own local map and plot potential growing spaces
  • conduct an ‘on foot’ growing space site audit – explore the area to find possible sites 
  • take photographs and record information about site condition and ownership
  • map and compile your findings as set of potential ‘community growing scenarios’ – then use this toolkit to identify what community growing approaches could work in the different spaces

visualising your food growing community

  • talk to the wider community about your ideas
  • run a community visualisation event or hold workshops with different local groups – present the potential community growing scenarios for the area and get new ideas about them
  • use the feedback from the event and workshops to identify the community growing options you want to explore further

reality checking your ideas

  • contact the ‘experts’ – these might be key people from the Council or use the list of ‘useful contacts’ in this pack – ask them to help you develop your ideas
  • use their technical know-how and experience to help you work out the best way to take your ideas forward

delivering your food growing community

  • set up a local community growing group to oversee the delivery of your ideas
  • produce an action plan for things to do in the short and longer term
  • keep ‘experts’ on board – some might be able to offer advice and help you deliver your ideas, others might be able to help with funding and resources