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Food for thought at drop-in events promoting Moray's grow-your-own culture

Press release   •   Oct 09, 2019 09:27 BST

Moray is gearing up for a ‘grow your own’ bonanza in public spaces.

A series of drop-in public events are planned in Buckie, Forres and Elgin to gauge interest and support for a new Moray Food Growing Strategy, part of which will free up p land for growing fruit and vegetables.

Moray Council is holding an eight-week consultation on the strategy from October 1st, backed by three consultation events held in venues across Moray.

A spokesman said: “The draft Moray Food Growing Strategy aims to ensure there are more opportunities for people who would like to grow their own food to do so.

“A variety of different community food growing spaces have been identified in towns and villages across Moray.

“In developing the food growing strategy the Council is committed to delivering the wider benefits associated with food growing”.

The aims of the strategy are:

  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Promoting opportunities for social interaction
  • Encouraging sustainability including addressing climate change, enhancing biodiversity and reducing food waste
  • Promoting skills development and education
  • Creating opportunities for economic development “
  • A short questionnaire has been developed to seek views on the content of the strategy.

    The events are at the following locations and dates:

    • 1 November 2019 – Fishermen’s Hall, Buckie – Free community lunch event from 12pm to 2pm
    • 16 November 2019 – Forres Town Hall, Lesser Hall – Exhibition with family friendly activities including apple pressing 10am to 2pm
    • 21 November 2019 - The Inkwell, Elgin – Exhibition with family friendly activities 4pm to 7pm

    Paper copies of the strategy are available to view in all council access points and libraries. Comments can be made via a short questionnaire, by emailing localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk , or in writing to Strategic Planning and Development, Council Offices, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

    All information is available at www.moray.gov.uk/foodgrowing

    Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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