Horshader Community Growing Project

Horshader Community Development was awarded a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant to work in partnership with Western Isles Council and run the Horshader Community Growing Project (HCGP). The project aimed to reduce local carbon emissions and meet community and Local Authority objectives.

What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?

  • Door-to-door survey and consultation day by Horshader Community Development (HCD) identified community priorities which included a growing project.
  • HCD identified an opportunity to develop the community growing project in partnership with Western Isles Council which had submitted a growing project template to the CCF Ideas Bank and were looking for a community group partner.
  • HCGP met Western Isles Council objectives for sustainable, economic development so they contributed funding of £50,000 to the project.

What did the CCF grant of £270,354 fund?

  • Polycrubs - super tough polytunnels.
  • Staff salaries.
  • Site work, shed, toilets, seeds & tools.
  • Rent of land and office space.
  • Partnership fee - contribution to Local Authority Case Officer post.
  • HCGP received support from the Western Isles Council Case Officer with site development and procurement, monitoring and evaluation, identifying opportunties for partnerships across Council departments and external funding opportunities.

Why will carbon emissions decrease?

  • More food being grown and consumed locally reducing miles driven to local supermarket.
  • Reducing amount of food wasted through workshops and cookery workshops.
  • Increasing composting with workshops and demonstrations provided.

How was the reduction in carbon emissions measured?

  • HCGP measured and reported on carbon emissions with the support of the Local Authority Case Officer.
  • Fruit and vegetables grown locally weighed.
  • Waste composted weighed.
  • Figures obtained were input into the recommended carbon conversion spreadsheet to convert them into carbon emissions.

What were the community benefits?

  • Community growing space.
  • Improved diets to include more fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Reduction of food waste saving money.
  • The mental and physical benefits of growing your own.

What was the sustainable legacy?

  • Consumption of more seasonal, local produce and a reduction in food waste.
  • Positive partnerships with Local Authority and local common grazing committee.

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