Holyrood grant ingredient for food-growing study

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A community food-growing enterprise in Selkirk has attracted public funding, writes Sally Gillespie.

The initiative involving the town’s community centre and local groups – including elderly and youth organisations, and young families – has been given £3,000 from the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Action Fund to develop a business plan.

Environment and climate change minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government is committed to tackling climate change and doing all we can to help communities reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.

“This investment will help local people to grow their own produce and cut food waste.”

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) announced earlier this week that the region had won £218,000 for low-carbon projects. Other planned initiatives gaining funding include buying bikes for use by schools taking part in SBC education and lifelong learning department’s On Yer Bike project, studies into local food production and distribution, an assessment of the potential for a biomass district heating network for off-gas communities in the Borders and small-scale kiln drying,

Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said: “We’re very pleased that the Scottish Government is funding these projects and we are confident the works will make a significant difference to communities where the carbon agenda is high on their list of concerns.”

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