Food case studies

Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects involving food through video features and downloadable case studies.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported projects involving food. These projects aim to reduce carbon emissions associated with food by encouraging the growing and consumption of local food.  CCF projects also work to reduce food waste in their communities as well as encouraging composting of unavoidable food waste.

You can view video features and downloadable case studies of CCF projects involving food below.

Grants from the CCF in 2008 and 2009 enabled Northmavine Community Development Company (NCDC), Shetland to design and install of a network of weatherproof Polytunnels, meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as Polycrubs, these robust structures have since been sold across Scotland and internationally by NCDC's trading arm nortenergy Ltd, who won the Shetland Environmental Award for green credentials displayed. Further investment has been secured from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to expand the Polycrub business.

Sharing Skills - Low Carbon Living is a project run by The Ecology Centre in Kinghorn to create a Tool Share scheme and refurbish unwanted gardening tools. The project is also offering the local community the chance to take part in a growing and cooking education programme, based around the current community growing space. The project aims to build understanding of climate change and what action can be taken locally to help tackle it. 

Local Food Works is a CCF project run by Falkland Stewardship Trust in Fife. The project is tackling local carbon emissions through increased consumption and production of local food as well as initiatives to tackle food waste.


You Can Cook have produced a film to celebrate the achievements of their Grow to Eat project, which was awarded a grant from the CCF in 2016. The project aimed to reduce local carbon emissions by increasing the amount of locally grown produce. It also offered support to help Innerleithen and the surrounding areas learn how to grow and cook local, seasonal produce and reduce food waste.


South Seeds is a community-led organisation based in the south of Glasgow. They have been awarded multiple CCF grants for projects that include actively supporting residents to grow local food and reduce food waste.

Charlie's Plot was a project led by young people in Methilhill, Fife to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables, learn about climate change and to share that information with their community. Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative was awarded a Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) grant to support the young people carry out these activities.

Downloadable case studies:

Development of the Polycrub, a project run by Northmavine Community Development Company, Shetland. CCF grants enabled Northmavine Community Development Company to design and install of a network of ‘weather proof’ polytunnels - meeting community demand to grow local produce. Rebranded as ‘polycrubs’ these structures have since been used across Shetland, in the Western Isles and beyond.

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

Shettleston Community Growing Project, run by Shettleston Housing Association, Glasgow. A resident-led initiative to grow food locally and improve diets, while raising awareness of food miles, food waste, recycling and energy consumption.

Black and Green, run by The Whitmuir Initiative at Lamancha in the Scottish Borders, received a CCF grant for an innovative pilot project to turn woody waste into a useful product that supports local community growing.


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