Organic food specialist to create a ‘leading’ urban garden in Glasgow after acquiring prime land

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Locavore said it hopes to create a leading urban food growing location in Glasgow

An organic food specialist is to open an urban garden in Glasgow after securing a 20-year lease on prime land to the south of the site.

Locavore said it had been in talks with the council for five years to acquire the Bellahouston Nursery, a former tree nursery in the park.

The company, which has stores in the south and west of the city, plans to offer community and individual growing space and “scale” its own commercial operation as a hyper-local supplier of organic flowers, fruits and vegetables.

The owners said they hoped to create a leading urban growing location in Glasgow amid growing interest in sustainable food and the ongoing shortage of urban allotments.

A company spokesman said: “We have been discussing this site with Glasgow City Council for almost five years, so it is with joy and relief that we finally signed a 20-year lease earlier this month with the right to extend for a further 20 years.

HeraldScotland:

“This gives us long-term security for the site and allows us to plan and invest for the long-term to create a leading urban food growing site in Glasgow.

“Our plan for the site includes creating space for community and individual cultivation areas, as well as expanding our own commercial cultivation of organic flowers and fruits and vegetables.

“Having an acre of greenhouse, outdoor spaces and poly tunnels will allow us to truly expand hyper-local food growing in Glasgow and create a hub for sustainable food activities.

“We are ready to start up community lots immediately and are looking for individuals and groups interested in volunteering and having a small growing lot on site.”

The company is also keen to hear from start-up and micro-enterprises interested in food sustainability, adding: “We are very grateful to Glasgow City Council for finally coming to this point with us is, and also for the funding they have provided for us to get started on the website.

“This funding covers the cost of some essential maintenance, creating community growing space and employing a small team including a community gardener, a maintenance person and an events coordinator.”

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