Our Current and Intended Projects
On this page we present a summary of our existing and intended projects intended to give a good idea of what we are doing, what we want to do, and why...
Leith Community Croft
We have been appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council to manage two acres of common good land as a community growing space, both with and for the locals. The land is located in the north-western corner of Leith Links Park and is now known as Leith Community Croft. With the help of approximately 100 volunteers (known as crofters) we have started to transform this previously derelict corner of the park into a thriving community garden which is also home to our market garden, fruit tree nursery, woodland play area and Hingabootery cafe.
The site encourages green food production, a sharing ethos and the provision of wildlife habitat. If you would like to get involved in growing or volunteering on the croft you can sign up for membership here - bit.ly
You can view a map of the site here and read our draft development plan for the croft from 2016 here. Much of this plan has now been achieved or is in progress and we are currently working on a new development plan that will be available in April 2018!
Renovating the Croft Pavilion for Community Use
On the basis of our work to date, we have been given an exciting opportunity to renovate or replace an Edwardian Pavilion situated in Leith (previously used by Leith Athletic Football Club) taking it into community control and making it a real asset for the people of Leith.
Our initial plans are to transform it for use as a farm shop, café and meeting/training space, but this will only happen if the local community want it, and what exactly happens depends upon their ideas.
For this reason we are currently asking locals to complete a short survey. It should take no more than ten minutes to complete. This survey has been independently designed by Community Enterprise Scotland, who will also be analysing the results.
Edible Schoolyards - teaching children about food.
Our food is responsible for 1/4 of Scotland's carbon footprint (greenhouse gases). Leith Community Crops in Pots believe that the community has the power to change this.
Leading the way in tackling climate change, our junior Carboneers based in local schools (aged 2-18), are creating alternatives to mainstream food systems. It's an intergenerational approach, which harnesses the huge range of skills and knowledge within our community. Together, we find local solutions to global problems.
We encourage our Carboneers to consider ways to reduce our carbon 'food-print' through various community learning experiences, cinema nights and information sharing. In every school we are developing edible gardens, and increasing their biodiversity too.
Honeycomb Leith - our Social Enteprise
The aim of the development of our social enterprise is to raise funds to support our charitable work. It will do this by selling produce, running a market, a plant nursery, a seed bank, a café and outdoor crèche, within, and complementing, the ethical framework of the charity.
This framework involves: empowering and enabling people to eat environmentally friendly and healthy food, inspiring community engagement, expansion of healthy recreational opportunities and nature-play, combating inequality and keeping profits for local green initiatives.
The initial development of the Hingabootery (cafe) has been supported by First Port. You can read the initial business plan for Honeycomb Leith which includes further information on intended projects to be housed on the croft and, longer term, within the new community building on the croft here and appendix here.
Malawi - Living Trees of Livingstonia
In Autumn 2016, we became one of the partners in a three-year ambitious project operating across 21 schools in the Rumphi District of the Northern Region of a Malawi. The project is funded by the Scottish Government, is in partnership with Thrive Scotland and Rumphi organisation Living Trees of Livingstonia, and the project brings together a community in Edinburgh with communities in Rumphi.
The project aim is to improve the environment, reduce poverty and increase school attendance through School Orchard Committees, which will establish orchards, sell some produce and channel profits into improving their schools. Each School Orchard Committee will consist of parents and teachers of the school pupils, ensuring local ownership.
Living Trees of Livingstonia is innovative in addressing a wide range of environment, employment, nutrition, education and girls’ education. In piloting profit making orchards owned and run by schools, the project will prove that Malawi can meet its most urgent needs independently and sustainably.
Croft Carbon College
Leith Community Crops in Pots is keen to expand its' education projects by establishing a 'Croft Carbon College' - a local centre for raising environmental awareness within the community by providing accessible and engaging courses that integrate the work and expertise of individuals and organisations focused on specific areas of environmental sustainability. Click here for more information on our ideas for the CCC.
We ran a survey to gather thoughts on our initial ideas for the college approach, potential courses we might run, and how we might offer these. The survey was used to inform our final application for the Climate Challenge Fun and we are currently awaiting news on the success of our application. A report of the survey will be provided pending the outcome of the application.
More information on the details, the aims and reasoning for working on these projects is provided here.