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.
Our founder, Evie Murray, started L-CCIP to give her children a healthy outdoor experience in the urban environment of Leith. Starting in her backyard, Evie and her children began to grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs. The physical and emotional benefits were obvious and, as the children enjoyed learning about food, they loved to eat their veg! As Evie shared more about the many environmental, social and educational benefits of growing food in urban areas, she inspired other mothers to join in, she recruited a board and then rolled out her work across Leith. We now have several integrated projects.
As well as creating Edible Schoolyards around Leith, Edinburgh Council also appointed us to manage this two acre of prominent common good land as a community growing space, with and for the locals. We encourage ‘green’ food production, a sharing ethos and the provision of wildlife habitat. A representative of the Scottish Crofting Federation has visited, and the SCF has stated its support for our urban croft. The Croft is integrated with other projects, and is an event venue.
"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.