Bannockburn House food project activities continue into 2023 with a successful bid to the Good Food For All Fund from Stirling Council.
To date Bannockburn House Food Project has benefitted from funding from Good Food For All, Central Scotland Green Network and also the Place Based Investment Programme which has enabled the team to transform their enclosed garden.
In a short space of time Bannockburn House garden has significantly contributed to an increase in food growing for the region. The additional growing space has doubled as a learning opportunity, providing growing workshops and activities to get more people growing at home and inviting local communities to make use of the space. Together they have produced over 1 tonne of fresh fruit and veg, which has been redistributed locally, through a partnership with Ladies of the Rock, an emergency food provision community.
Bannockburn Community Development Trust’s aim is to restore and conserve and transform Bannockburn House and grounds into an active community asset. A team member within the growing team commented “We are also passionate about becoming more sustainable, reducing our carbon footprint and educating others around us to help them make small changes which add up to make a huge difference to climate change. A great way of doing this, we have found, is to get more people into food growing. It’s relatively easy, great fun, healthy and reduces food miles.”
During the spring and summer months they were able to engage the community in educational growing projects including;
- 8 Sow and Grow workshops with 17 different participants.
- Distribution of 100 “Tattie Packs” which included soil, seed potatoes, a growing bag and guidance to allow people to grow a successful crop of potatoes at home, even if they only had limited outdoor space.
- Distribution of 25 raised bed kits with everything people would need to start growing their own produce at home.
In addition, a formal path network was created within our enclosed gardens and established new growing areas. Improving accessibility to the site.
Bannockburn House’s success was made possible with their team of dedicated garden volunteers. Who together with the team at Bannockburn House have paved the way for more exciting food and growing projects for 2023.
Check in with their Facebook page @BannockburnHouse to follow their progress