Introducing Grow Elgin 2
Working with community groups, schools and individuals, this project follows on from the success of Grow Elgin 1 (2015-16) and will run until March 2017. Its aims include increasing the number of people growing and eating local fruit and veg and composting their food waste. Growing your own can be fun, money-saving and tasty. It can also help reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions by avoiding packaging, processing and long journeys; that’s why the Climate Challenge Fund has funded this work.
Grow Elgin initially started working with partners Elgin Youth Café, Elgin Allotments Association, Greenfingers training project, Action for Children and Greenwards Primary School, to help them set up community gardens. Elgin Academy, Bishopmill Primary School and Spynie Care Home soon got on board too. In these green spaces there are raised beds and other nifty growing spaces, community orchards and composting. Grow Elgin 2 has some new partners and some new proposed sites of activity – see the map.
We also run workshops and planting sessions to help individuals learn new skills around growing their own, including sowing, planting, propagating, making raised beds, harvesting and preserving. Many of these are held at the Elgin Gardenshare site – get in touch if you’d like to find out more or register interest in attending FREE growing and composting classes. They are friendly an informal, suitable for total beginners to those who want to take the next step and there’s plenty time for your questions.
Composting is a big focus of this project too. Composting can help reduce methane gas, even more damaging than carbon dioxide, by keeping food waste out of landfill. It provides valuable home-made fertiliser to help grow strong and healthy plants.
Our FREE bicycle food waste collections are underway – are you a business with some veg based waste – fruit peel, teabags and coffee grounds and with no space to compost your own but don’t want to see it go into landfill? We can pop by to pick it up and take it to one of our community sites to compost it locally and with no vehicle emissions.
Contact REAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01542 888070 if you’re interested in getting involved or finding out more.