Media and Awards
Nature of Scotland Awards 2016/2017
Leith Community Crops in Pots was the winning team for the Youth & Education Award in 2016/2017 sponsored by Edinburgh University.
Our charity stands out. Because of the work we do and the transformations we are creating in the densely populated area of Leith, we have been widely recognised. We put effort into communicating our message and make good use of social media – because we want people to hear about what we are doing, and for them to be inspired to do something as well.
We often receive invitations to talk about our work from local and national organisations, e.g. from the Big Lottery Fund, and a more local group Common Good Food or the Lord Provost. Our founder has received additional recognition:
- Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award in 2014
- Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List’ (http://tiny.cc/happylist) in June 2015
- An invitation to join advisory group for Community TV channel programme on food-related issues in 2015
- An interview in Scottish Wildlife magazine (http://tiny.cc/ScottishWildlife) in August 2015
- Featured on a Swedish ‘sustainable lives and communities’ website (http://www.tellusthinktank.com/featuredarticle/no011-peas-love-and-bumblebees-in-the-secret-gardens-of-edinburgh/)
- Chosen for ‘Breaking the Mould’ as an inspirational women within Edinburgh and Lothian area.
- Chosen by Green MSP Andy Wightman as his local hero ( https://greens.scot/news/leith-crops-in-pots-founder-is-andys-local-hero?platform=hootsuite )
In April 2016, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnson raised a motion in parliament about the state of food in Scotland and in it praised our food project as a model of how things can be differently. Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm also spoke at length of our “incredible work.”
We won the Nature of Scotland Awards(NOSA) for Youth and Education sponsored by Edinburgh University.
The founder of a charity that organises food-growing activities to connect children with nature has been nominated as a Local Hero by Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian.
"My local hero is Evie Murray, founder of Leith Community Crops in Pots. Evie has done great work in schools and elsewhere with the aim of a happy, healthy, leafy Leith.
"To date the charity has planted around 40 fruit and nut trees, with a further 175 waiting in their tree nursery. In the pipeline is a programme of forest school education, a social enterprise café/farm shop, and much more. The opening ceremony of the Parliament is a reminder that Holyrood is a Parliament for the people, and I'm delighted that Evie's good work locally will be recognised at this nationally important event."