The country’s biggest celebration of gardening will be in full bloom this week (11th to 17th April) and the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is encouraging Ayrshire locals to take part in National Gardening Week by growing their own food.
There has been a significant increase in community growing activity across the central belt of Scotland between 2010 and 2015 according to new research from the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT).
The study gathered data on the number of sites and area of land used for community growing.
The results estimate that there are more than 300 sites spread over 230 hectares of land in the CSGN area, with around 72% of the space used for allotments, 16% for community orchards and 12% for community gardens.
Community gardens have experienced the fastest growth both in terms of number of sites and land coverage between 2010 and 2015 with numbers increasing by 79% over the period to 84 and land coverage increasing by 44% to 29 hectares.
The research reveals that community gardens now equate to 28% of community growing sites.
Now in its fifth year,
National Gardening Week provides an opportunity for people to recognise the many advantages of growing their own food.
For further information about National Gardening Week, visit www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk