A climate change project focused on eco-friendly food growing and cooking is being launched in Greenock.
Inverclyde Association for Mental Health in Greenock has £185,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).
The project will be based at Broomhill Gardens and Community Hub, Mearns Street, pictured, and will involve a programme to encourage food growing and the use of seasonal food produced in free cookery classes. It also aims to provide information and support to reduce food waste, increase composting and help people make low carbon food choices.
Margaret Tait, chief executive of Inverclyde Association for Mental Health, said: “We are delighted to secure a CCF grant for our local area. This will allow us to purchase a polytunnel and a large greenhouse to complement the raised beds planned for the land owned by IAMH adjacent to our hub.
“In addition, the funding will enable employment of a project worker who would support community involvement in growing activities on site and in practical workshops.”
Inverclyde Association for Mental Health offers local people continued support and opportunities, enabling them people realise their potential and engage in valued roles and activities within the community.
The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. It provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.
Tim Mullens of the fund said: “We congratulate Inverclyde Association for Mental Health for securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and encourage the local community to take advantage of support available through the workshops and events.
“We look forward to supporting Inverclyde Association for Mental Health as they implement their project and empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”
Published: 30th April 2019