Environment Minister Visits Fife Diet Project in Burntisland


Clare Archibald (Chair of Broomhill Gardens), Iain Anderson (Fife Community Food Project), Councillor George Kay, Richard Lochhead MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment), Elly Kinross (Growing Coordinator, Fife Diet), Mike Small, Peter Duncan (Fife Council)

We were delighted to welcome Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment to visit our new offices and community garden in Burntisland last week.

Our offices are in the Old Station House, recently renovated former train station of Burntisland, a key part of the regeneration of the harbour area. We chose the offices so that they could be on the train line for easy access to public transport and reduce car use wherever possible for meetings and travel. The office is furnished all with second hand office equipment following the idea of reduce, re-use, re-cycle.

“The Fife Diet is a good news story and it was great to hear how the project is going from strength to strength. Since 2009, the project has received support from the Climate Challenge Fund which has helped triple membership, create allotment space and two community gardens. Going forward it will help the group hold expert workshops on growing and cooking, as well as develop four regional volunteer-based branches. Of course, CCF local food projects such as The Fife Diet have a dual aim: encouraging ‘grow your own’ while cutting carbon. The Fife Diet is a fantastic example of how grass-roots action by our communities can create a cleaner, greener Scotland.”