Policy & Lobbying
Social Farming & Allotments
Social farming and allotments are key components of the Scottish Government’s Health Strategy and Food and Drink Strategy. Scottish Land & Estates is a member of the Care Farming Scotland and the Grown Your Own Working Group, and is committed to progressing the social farming and grow your own agendas.

What is Care Farming?


Care farming promotes mental and physical health through giving people the opportunity to spend time working on the land.

Those who can benefit include people with learning difficulties, work-related stress, mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems or employability challenges.

Care farming is a partnership between land manager, service provider and client. Participants can work on traditional farms or in forestry, horticulture and other land management activities. Care farming combines care of the land with care of people and there is evidence that it can deliver great personal, social and economic benefits for everyone involved.

Care farming boosts the rural economy by helping farms and other rural businesses stay economically viable through diversification into an activity that can generate significant income.

Further information on care farming.
Grown Your Own Working Group
The remit of the group is to:
  1. Ensure that allotments and ‘grow your own’ projects are strategically supported.
  2. Produce practical advice and best practice guidelines that will appeal to individuals, community groups and public bodies, to help them develop local ‘grow your own’ initiatives.
  3. Explore the evidence around food poverty in Scotland in different income groups and areas (both urban and rural), looking in more detail at what activities are already being done and developing an action plan for supporting and promoting successful future approaches.
  4. Identify how community food groups and social enterprises can be supported to deliver a long--term strategic programme for a stronger community food and health sector.

You can read more, including the Grow Your Own Working Group’s report

SF & A 01: Allotments

The protection and promotion of biodiversity and the potential to make a contribution to sustainability mean that allotments and other forms of community growing in Scotland are the subject of current interest by land managers and particularly local authorities given their obligations under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. Allotments are significant urban habitats for wildlife as they provide shelter, food and breeding sites and a link with other green spaces.

This information sheet provides some detail on the benefits and challenges of offering community growing spaces.

 

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