greenspaces are ...

creative spaces

inspirational spaces encouraging
creativity in an outdoor setting

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breathing spaces

oasis of calm amidst city
bustle, a place to unwind

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celebration spaces

gathering places where people come
together for events and activities

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growing spaces

productive places that nourish
and sustain communities and individuals

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healthy spaces

inviting places which
encourage us to get active

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learning spaces

natural grounds for lifelong learning

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living spaces

attractive spaces on our doorsteps

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meeting spaces

communal places encouraging
communities to come together

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play spaces

safe places where children
can adventure and explore

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purposeless spaces

it could be more than
a boring green desert

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stalled spaces

meanwhile greenspaces instead
of derelict eyesores?

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wild spaces

informal places that welcome
nature back to our cities

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working spaces

attractive places where
people want to live and work

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your space

the greenspace on your doorstep
how will you get involved?

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wasted spaces

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

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Use the Our Growing Community tool-kit to get your community ‘growing everywhere’… on the edge of the school playing field, in the flowerbeds outside the office, on that bit of derelict ground!

This pack has been developed to help Scottish communities explore new places and more ways to grow their own food.

Use it to help you:

  • get inspired and spark ideas about community growing with your group or people in your area
  • map and audit your local spaces and places that could be used for growing food
  • explore the range of community growing options
  • think about the practicalities of different growing approaches and find the ones that will work best for your community
  • plan local action to develop your community growing projects and activities

The Our Growing Community poster illustrates the wide variety of places that could be used for community growing – do any of these types of space exist in your area?

The Our Growing Community guidance notes provide more information about the different places where you could grow fruit and vegetables. They highlight ‘things to consider’ and describe how to ‘make it happen’. With real life examples and suggestions of ‘who can help’, the notes will help you find the right support and assistance to start your own food growing community.

could your community be our next pioneer growing community?

We would like to encourage and support communities who want to explore and develop opportunities for food growing in their area to use the Our Growing Community Pack. We will work with/support them to use the toolkit to audit and map all the potential growing spaces in their area and to develop their own community growing vision and action plan.

We will work with each 'pioneer growing community' to help them secure funds to cover both the costs involved in greenspace scotland facilitating this work and to provide them with a resource which they can use to start to deliver their ideas and plans.

We would be very happy to meet up with you/members of your group to talk through this in more detail about how this could work in your area and to scope out interest in doing this with other members of your group/community. Contact Ea O'Neill for more information