How the story began
Leith Community Crops in Pots was born in a dull grey, barren, entirely concreted yard in the heart of Leith – an underused and unloved spot.
"Land is vital for healthy communities, growing food is a part of our cultural heritage. There is a very welcomed resurgence of interest in this area within Scotland." Evie Murray, founder & CEO
"Crofting is a part of our cultural heritage in Scotland." Gwen Rowland, former board member.
Year on year we see more and more insects coming to feast on our plants, such as bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and aphids (greenfly). Yes, the latter are not good but, because we don't use pesticides, ladybirds keep them in check. They don't cost us anything and they greatly add to the richness and interest of the garden!
The Charity and its Purpose
The organisation’s purposes are:
- To advance environmental protection and/or improvement by encouraging and supporting the people of Leith:
(i) to grow vegetables and fruit for food in urban spaces, so reducing their food miles and carbon footprint;
(ii) to grow flowers for bees and other pollinating insects, thus improving both local aesthetics and biodiversity.
- To provide and organise recreational activities with the object of improving the wellbeing of the people of Leith through:
(i) encouraging, educating and supporting them to eat their own locally grown fruit and vegetables, improving diet and dietary awareness;
(ii) providing opportunities for recreational activities, such as connecting with nature/nature play for children;
(iii) providing opportunities for people to meet each other and exchange knowledge and goods (plants, food, recipes and plant-growing know-how), using Non-Violent Communication (NVC) skills where appropriate, so improving community cohesion, and mental/emotional wellbeing.
- To advance the education of both children and adults living in Leith with regard to the value of natural systems and on sustainable lifestyles, so that present generations do not threaten the quality of life for future generations.
- To advance education and environmental protection by supporting schools and nurseries in achieving their environmental goals.
Funding and Publicity