Leith Community Croft is a community-led food-growing initiative facilitated by Leith Community Crops in Pots, a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCIO).
Grow Eat Learn Share.
We aim to show you that you don't need a garden or an allotment to grow food, or flowers, and we aim to use up urban spaces creatively, mixing ecology and art as we go.
Leith Community Crops in Pots wants to make tasty edible locally-picked food more available to people. Helping to create edible food cities.
How the story began:
Leith Community Crops in Pots was born in a dull grey, barren, entirely concreted yard in the heart of Leith – an underused and unloved spot.
Year on year we see more and more insects coming to feast on our plants, such as bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and aphids (greenfly). Yes, the latter are not good but, because we don't use pesticides, ladybirds keep them in check. They don't cost us anything, and they greatly add to the richness and interest of the garden!
We welcome a bit of country life to our urban world, and look forward to growing and learning with nature. Children love it. What was a sterile and boring place is now a fascinating, ever-changing slice of 'wildness' on the doorstep.
Connecting with nature and saving money!
We are for a happy, healthy, leafy Leith.
Growing food benefits your pocket, your health, your mood and the environment, and is particularly good for children.
We are showing the way, growing food in the heart of an urban community - yes, it can be done!
We aim to build a more rural lifestyle into this urban world. Well, this little part of the world we call Leith.
As our ideas take root, we should certainly meet the government targets for health and well-being, and whilst doing all this we too are growing environmental sustainability.