Community growing projects across Ayrshire are being encouraged to apply for the Growing Food Together Fund.

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is once again offering a cash boost to community growing projects across the whole of Scotland.

Community growing projects are a key part of creating an environment that allows Scotland and its people to thrive.

Mary Laidlaw, Secretary of Crossroads Community Hub in Ayrshire - one of last year’s fund beneficiaries – said: “Ayrshire Food Hub needed funding to create an educational garden, so we were thrilled to receive funding from the Growing Food Together Fund.

“It allowed us to realise our ambitions for the site and it’s great to see the raised beds and polytunnel being built by volunteers and used by members of our local community.”

Supported by the Scottish Government, projects can apply for part of the £100,000 fund that aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food, as well as promoting healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

The Green Action Trust, a leading environmental regeneration charity, is managing the fund as part of its work to drive forward the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network.

Following the success of last year’s fund, the Green Action Trust is again expanding the application criteria to welcome applications from across Scotland.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive at the Green Action Trust, commented: “We are delighted to be playing a role in delivering this important fund and supporting communities to develop their outdoor growing spaces.

"These projects are fantastic, they enable people to come together, build more resilient communities, and enjoy the benefits of growing their own fresh food.”