About Grow Elgin

Grow Elgin 2020-2022

We are delighted to let you know that The Climate Challenge Fund (See http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccf) has awarded a grant of up to £162,476.00 for Grow Elgin from April 1st 2020 for two years. Thanks to this generous grant, we will be able to continue to work with community groups, schools and individuals across Elgin, to increase the number of people:

  • growing and eating local fruit and veg
  • composting their food waste
  • cooking more local and seasonal food and wasting less
  • taking action on climate change and increasing their awareness how the can reduce their own carbon footprint

While we are all taking action to slow the spread of Coronavirus, we are working to support community and home growing, cooking and composting and other actions against climate change in new ways, while staying safe. You’ll find resources on our website and social media.

Grow Elgin has worked with a wide range of individuals and organisations including Elgin Youth Café, Elgin Allotment Association, Greenfingers training project, Action for Children, Elgin Guides, SACRO, Aberlour Childcare Trust, Moray Food Plus and Elgin Health Centre (Maryhill), as well as nursery schools, secondary schools and primary schools. We are looking forward to working with some new partners, as well as keeping in touch with existing ones.

We will be doing more work with households in Elgin, including raised beds and home composting. We also run FREE workshops and courses to help individuals learn new skills around growing, harvesting, cooking and composting.These  are friendly, hands on sessions,suitable for total beginners or those who want to improve their skills, and there’s plenty time for your questions. We also have bi-monthly volunteer days in Cooper Park – another opportunity to learn and meet new people. All our events and sessions are advertised on our Facebook page as well as our website.

Composting has always been a big focus for Grow Elgin. Composting helps reduce methane gas, even more damaging than carbon dioxide, by keeping food waste out of landfill. It provides valuable home-made fertiliser to help grow strong and healthy plants. We have set up community composting hotspots across Elgin for our FREE bicycle food waste collections – are you a business with some veg based waste – fruit peel, teabags and coffee grounds and with no space to compost your own but don’t want to see it go into landfill? We can pop  by to pick it up and take it away to compost it locally – with no vehicle emissions.

Interested in finding out more or getting involved? Contact REAP by emailing info@reapscotland.org.uk or phoning 01542 888070.