Category Archives: Land Reform

Nourish Scotland Annual Conference 2011




Nourish is a network of people and groups interested in local food in Scotland, who, to quote their Declaration of Dunbar “..are working towards a sustainable Scotland in which, in every region we produce more of what we eat and eat more of what we produce.”  To join just register at Nourish.

The Nourish Scotland Annual Conference 2011 will bring together parties interested in Local Food from all over the UK for Wonderful Workshops, Spectacular Speakers, Luscious Local Food and a Cracking Ceilidh!  Tickets are on sale from


On Saturday, Lesley Riddoch will be chairing the debate at our Hustings event, with political representatives from a cross section of parties taking your questions on the issues surrounding Local Food and Land Use.


Wild Food with Ian Edwards of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association

Farmer’s Markets with Howard Wilkinson of Ayrshire Food Network

What To Do when the Funding runs out – expert advice on Social Enterprise and Income Generation

CAP Reform with David Barnes of the Scottish Government

Nourish: The Way Forward – Plenary Session to vote on priorities for Nourish Strategic Plan and options for Regionalisation

Opportunities in Procurement & Government Tenders including the Commonwealth Games

Getting Community Growing Projects Going with Urban Roots

Food Waste with Zero Waste Scotland

Land Use Strategy with Jo Hunt and John Ferguson of Nourish

Inspirational Visit to LEGUP Urban Growing Project in Govan

Land and Legal Issues for Community Growing with Landshare

Orchards with panellist of 4 experts taking your questions

Veg Box Schemes – with Caspar Lampkin and Fiona Ross

Food Security with Mike Small of Fife Diet

Haggis Making with Chef Didier of Whitmuir Organics

Andrew Whitley from Bread Matters, founder of the Village Bakery and Real Bread Campaign

Fisheries, Slow Food and many more…


We’ll be dancing the night away in our Friday night Ceilidh with music from Sarah Northcott and the Little Biggar Band. We’ll be providing a bar too for your choice of refreshment…


Delicious seasonal meals using local produce (organic wherever possible) will be supplied by Hyndberry. Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Lunch on Saturday are included in the price of Weekend Tickets.


This year we have Free Childcare courtesy of GERA’s Mobile Play Team who’ll be running food related workshops and arts and crafts activities for the younger delegates.


The conference will be held at the Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow. The Pearce is a fantastic venue, with plenty of room for networking and breakout sessions. It’s right across the street from the Subway, is wheelchair accessible and has a Hearing Induction Loop. More here:

Transferring public assets into community control

On the 1st  March between 10.30 and 14.30  the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) will be running a event on transferring public assets into community control.

Greater control of assets such as land, buildings, or renewable energy resources can help communities become more resilient and sustainable, increase local use of the assets in question, safeguard them for the future, and even generate income to support further local initiatives. Many such assets are under the control of local or central Government. How can their transfer to well-governed and accountable community organisations be encouraged? This is the question that DTAS Promoting Asset Transfer programme asks.

This seminar will:

  • Reflect on some of the early findings from DTAS’ Promoting Asset Transfer programme
  • Provide learning from the practical experience of those involved in asset transfer projects
  • Consider future direction of the community asset agenda in Scotland.

If you would like more information on the event or how to book your place, please see the Event Flier.

Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens National Networking Day

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens are having their National Networking Event on Friday, October 8th 2010 at Battleby, near Perth.

Workshops include New Allotments; a look at different allotments models, Livestock on Community Gardens, Social Return on Investment, Selling Produce at Farmers Markets, Orchards, Wildlife Gardening in Winter, Community Gardening and the 2011 Elections, Risk Management and more!

There will be a chance to meet funders, find out about beekeeping, Care Farming, Planning Aid Scotland and hear case studies from other projects. It’s a great opportunity to network, meet like-minded people and share ideas.

For further information please contact naomi [at] farmgarden [dot] org [dot] uk Tel: 0131 623 7058 Deadline for applications is Friday 16th September 2010.

You can down load booking forms at

Portobello Community Farm  —  Invitation to tender

We have just sent out our invitation to tender for the community farm feasibility study!

To find out more go to the Invitation to Tender page.