Food Growing Strategy
The Scottish Government has set out a vision that by 2025 Scotland will be "a Good Food Nation, where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day."
The Council has a statutory duty, set out in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, to prepare a Food Growing Strategy that identifies potentially suitable land for allotments and other food growing areas. There is also a specific requirement to note how the Council intends to increase food growing provision in communities experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
In developing a food growing strategy for the Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) area the Council is committed to delivering the wider benefits associated with food growing including:
- Improving health and wellbeing outcomes
- Promoting opportunities for social interaction
- Environmental improvement including climate change and food waste
- Skills development
- Economic development and sustainability.
Who is this strategy useful for?
- Existing growing groups
- Groups who would like to start a new growing project
- Schools who grow or would like to grow food as a way of engaging pupils
- Communities with a lack of growing opportunities in their area
- Keen gardeners and complete beginners who would like to gain skills to grow and use seasonal produce
- Anyone with an interest in public health and sustainability
How can I get involved?
The Consultative Draft Strategy [3Mb] was approved by Committee on 28th October 2020.
The Draft Strategy was informed by the first round of public consultation which ran from 1st to 25th October 2019. You can view the detailed results and a short summary of the findings (open in Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge). In early 2021, we engaged further with communities and we are currently in the process of analysing the feedback we received on the draft (over 50 comments). In the coming months, we will finalise the Food Growing Strategy based on your comments and identify where we require additional resources to deliver the action plan, then report our findings and finalised strategy back to Committee.
Strategic Environmental Assessment
As part of the process we have to consult SNH, SEPA and Historic Scotland on whether the plan, programme or strategy is likely to raise issues of significant environmental impact. Schedule 2 of the Environmental Assessment Act sets out criteria for determining the likely significant effects on the environment.
We sent our Screening Report [172Kb] for the draft Food Growing Strategy to the consultation authorities to determine whether the strategy is likely to have effects on the environment on 26th September 2019. You can view the response from the Consultation Authorities below:
Having consulted the three Consultation Authorities, and having considered the criteria set out in the Act, the Council considered that the Food Growing Strategy is unlikely to have significant environmental effects and has therefore decided that SEA is not required. You can also view the Screening Determination Letter.