Climate change

Allotments and Food Growing Strategy

We are developing a food growing strategy for the Highlands and identifying land that may be used as allotment sites or by communities for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers.  We recognise that increasing the availability of food growing spaces as well as green spaces has significant benefit to the surrounding environment.

Our Climate Change team will shortly begin work on a draft food growing strategy and revision of our allotment policy, and will likely publish this by Winter 2019.

Register your interest in an allotment, If an allotment association starts in your area (using our land) we will pass your details on to that group.

If you are involved in growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers or would like to start but don’t know how, then we'd like to hear from you.  As part of the development of the food growing strategy, the Council will be mapping out all the Grow Your Own activity across the Highlands, from allotments to community orchards and school polytunnels to market gardens, so if you are involved in any of these, please get in touch to let us know about your project.  

We would also like to hear about your ideas for the future, challenges and barriers you have experienced, highlight models of best practice and identify opportunities to make growing your own easier.  There are a few ways to share your views, including completing our short survey or by coming to one of our drop in sessions, detailed below.

The first round of events includes:

Highland Council Chamber, Portree, Isle of Skye on 25th November from 1630 to 1830

Thurso Community Cafe, Thurso hosted by Thurso Development Trust 4th December from 1500-1800

Inverness College, Inverness, hosted by UHI on 5th December from 1600-1830

Helmsdale, hosted by Helmsdale Kitchen Garden On 9th December from 1400 to 1630

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