West Lothian Council supports all forms of community food growing, from allotments and community gardens to community planters and fruit trees in public spaces.
Growing food can be a cheap way to eat healthily as well as a great way to get some exercise. Growing herbs, fruit and vegetables can also help to support wildlife, such as hoverflies and bees. And gardening can be a very social activity too.
There are currently seven allotment sites in West Lothian (many of these are privately-run) and seven community gardens known to us. Many schools grow food in their grounds as well.
Food Growing Strategy
We are currently in the process of creating a new Food Growing Strategy for 2020-25, as part of our new duties under Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015;
As a first step, we employed greenspace scotland to run two public events in October 2018, to collect information about the current food growing situation in West Lothian, to gather people's views on how we can reduce barriers for people to 'grow their own' and to establish a vision for the future of growing in West Lothian. We also ran an online survey for approximately three weeks in October.
The feedback from all these methods can be viewed in the final report and appendices below.