Engaging with local people and organisations to feed into Glasgow's Food Growing Strategy.  Understanding the existing demand for urban food growing across Glasgow, where people would like to do this, and what support they need to make this a success.


HERE+NOW has been commissioned by Glasgow City Council to engage with local people to find out why, where and how they would like to be growing their own food. This project aims to understand existing and latent demand for urban community growing, and is gathering evidence of need, opportunities and barriers to urban community growing which will help inform the Council's preparation of their Food Growing Strategy. 

This strategy is a requirement of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act of 2015. Under this Act, each local authority has a duty to prepare a food-growing strategy for its area to identify land that may be used as allotment sites, identify other areas of land that could be used for community growing, and describe how the authority intends to increase provision for community growing, in particular in areas which experience socio-economic disadvantage. The Act acknowledges that community growing supports health, education and social inclusion, and the objective is to provide strategies relevant to each local authority area which maximises the benefits to communities. 

HERE+NOW are facilitating a series of three workshops at locations across the city, which build on each other to explore questions that become increasingly progressive in terms of an understanding of what urban growing involves and encompasses.  The findings will be interpreted and analysed for two outcomes: 

  1. A conclusion for each locality focused on that area’s existing potential / stage in urban growing 
  2. Contribute findings to the City Wide strategy.

We are using a range of ‘co-design’ tools - where the end user and other stakeholders are involved from the outset - to engage with local stakeholders to deliver a supported, endorsed and positive outcome and strategy for community growing and allotments.  The following tools will be used at each event: 

  • Walkabouts
  • Cluster mapping 
  • Semi-structured user interviews
  • Data coding
  • Snapshot survey

The engagement focus will be to look into latent demand by reaching out to the wider community/(ies) and garner feedback and analyse whether the support is there for urban growing in the whole range of forms either available or aspirational. The engagement event focuses on testing demand for growing, exploring whether there is an appetite for involvement of any sort in urban growing in the area. The emphasis is to engage beyond those already involved in urban growing, to cross cut 'gardeners' and 'non-garners' alike, while inspiring all attendees in opportunities of urban growing and to gather information on the need and demand for additional growing opportunities. 


Interested in finding out more about our work? Find out about our co-design approach or take a look at our other projects