On Thursday 13th September, during Scottish Food Fortnight, Green Lothians MSP Robin Harper will co-host a reception in the Scottish Parliament for Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society promoting their report Growing Scotland. Others involved in the evening, which aims to show the many social and health benefits of allotments and gardening, include Keep Scotland Beautiful and Eco-Schools. MSPs from all five Parliamentary parties will speak on the positive impact of allotments and gardening on health, biodiversity, environment, education and the economy.
Robin Harper MSP said,
“The benefits of allotments to the community are beyond doubt. They provide for greater biodiversity, valuable experiences for children and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to benefit from working with the land. There are hundreds of people in Edinburgh who would love to have an allotment and cannot get one. I call upon the City of Edinburgh Council to review land use within the city and to do everything they can through temporary or permanent arrangements to meet this demand and to protect existing sites from developers.”
All allotment sites in Edinburgh are fully occupied and currently there is a waiting list of over 1000. Some sites have a waiting period of 7 years due to demand in the area.
Robin Harper said,
“The awareness of seasonal locally produced food that having an allotment brings is immensely valuable. Tending to an allotment supports a healthy body and mind and benefits the environment in many ways, for example reducing food miles to a minimum.”