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Council gives more time for food consultation feedback

By David G Scott

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Highland Council is giving more time for people to take part in it’s draft food growing strategy – Growing our Future.

The extension, until February 28, will allow outcomes from the upcoming Highland Good Food Conversation (HGFC) to be incorporated in the strategy. The on-line conference is for anyone who is interested in the food sector and who wants to be part of the solution including farmers, chefs, bakers, third sector workers, food poverty campaigners and members of the public.

Highland Council wishes to promote more local food growing intitiatives like this one in Thurso.Picture: DGS
Highland Council wishes to promote more local food growing intitiatives like this one in Thurso.Picture: DGS

On-line sessions will take place on five consecutive Mondays from 1pm – 5pm starting on Monday, January 11.

Chair of the council’s Climate Change Working Group, Trish Robertson, said: “We are developing a food growing strategy to help support and encourage more local food growing among our communities.

"It has become clear whilst developing our strategy and as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, that there is increasing appetite across Highland for more 'grow your own' schemes and initiatives, and this consultation gives people and businesses the opportunity to let us know if our strategy and action plan will help make that happen.”

She added: “By extending the closing date until after all the conversation sessions, it gives people more time to pass on their views and lets us gather more information on opportunities and barriers so we can be best placed to help and encourage more local food growing across our communities.”

The consultation can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexubigPEXA5A4ZvZTVRe-AI0BWEb2BLHc0vMQCaso9Rj6-Mg/viewform and will be open until Sunday, February 28.

The council’s Climate Change and Energy Team manager Keith Masson has been part of the steering group for HGFC. He said: “The Highland Good Food Conversation is about creating a sustainable, local food system that works for the people of Highland. We are very much hoping that the conversation will support and inspire local people to come together and take action to create a food system that is fair for all of us.”

Details on how to take part in the Conversation can be found by visiting www.highlandgoodfood.scot/conference

The Growing our Future draft strategy can be found here www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/22890/growing_our_future_-_a_draft_food_growing_strategy_for_highland

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