Funding for Fife mining communities to grow food to help tackle poverty

Mining communities across Fife have gained funding to grow their own fruit and vegetables as part of a project to address food poverty.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 6:56 pm

The cash came from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to support the work of community groups, volunteers and other partners.

Grow West Fife got £2900.

The group saw volunteers rescue an old walled garden at Blair Castle in Culross during lockdown in 2020 to grow vegetables for local food projects.

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Freshly picked brussel sprouts.

The move came amid concerns that Coronavirus would worsen food poverty around Kincardine, Oakley and Valleyfield.

Bowhill Garden got £1000, while Lochgelly Community Garden received £5000.

Nicky Wilson, who chairs the trust in Scotland, said: “Underlying social and economic issues in mining areas have been exacerbated by Covid-19.

“We have seen more people struggle to be able to afford to feed themselves and provide their families with healthy meals.

“We hope the funding we’re awarding to groups in coalfields communities across the country will help tackle the serious issue of food poverty.”

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