Grow Forth Network - supporting and celebrating local food


Grow Forth

is a new network to bring together groups across the Forth Valley that are interested in local food.  The goal of Grow Forth is to create a community of communities that will enable people to share with and learn from one another on a wide range of food-related issues.  The Grow Forth Network grew out the local food summit held in February 2012, on behalf of Low Carbon Stirling. 200 people interested in local sustainable food attended.




Forth Environment Link (FEL) is pleased to announce that funding has been secured to develop a local food map for the Stirling area.  The food map will identify local growers & producers, suppliers, retailers and restaurants where local food is produced, sold and served. 


Jane Cullingworth, Executive Director of FEL states, “The interest in local food has grown significantly over the past decade.  Through the work of Grow Forth, a local network of individuals and groups interested in local food, a clear need has been expressed for more information about where to source and eat local food.  We are thrilled that we can now address this gap.”


The project is already underway with a database of those involved in local food being developed.  The target date for map distribution is the end of May.  Two local food trails will be created and promoted along with the map through a series of community events.


The project, “Celebrating the Foods of Stirling,” is supported by the Community Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland’s National Food and Drink Policy (


The project will engage a wide range of producers, retailers, suppliers and restaurateurs and will work closely with Destination Stirling, a newly established industry-led destination organisation aimed at bringing tourism businesses together


Hilary Barker of the Stirling Farmers’ Market said “ We are very pleased that Forth Environment Link has secured funding from the Community Food Fun for the production of a Local Food Map for Stirling District. The Stirling Farmers’ Market has been selling quality local food to people in the Stirling area for many years now, and we welcome initiatives to help people to find, buy and cook local food. In turn this supports our local growers and producers, while at the same time reducing food miles. When the maps are ready we will certainly have some available at the market for people to take and use.”


The project will be led by Emily Harvey, Grow Forth Local Food Network Officer, and overseen by a local advisory group.  If you are a local producer, retailers, supplier or restaurateurs, please contact Emily at 01786 449 215 or at


If you would like to fill in the application form to be included on the map please open this link to the on line application form. It will take about 10 minutes to fill the form in.

Deadline for application has been extended to the 3rd of April. For more information on the Stirling Local Food Map criteria here is a information sheetCriteria.pdf

Local Food - what we think Grow%20Forth%20what%20we%20think.pdf




Click here to open our latest newsletter winter newsletterpdf

Here is the Community Food Map for Forth Valley, it will be updated regularily as and when communities get in touch.



To become a member of the Online Grow Forth Network Group all you need to do is follow this link to Forth Environment Link’s website and sign up.

You will then be sent a confirmation email. Once you’re a member of FEL you can join the GFN group. You can add photos and share your projects, you can add video, write blogs, and add events.

The legislative Framework Governing Allotments Consultation

Forth Environment Link and community recently put a response into the Scottish Government regarding the allotment consultation, you can view our response by clicking here

We have just completed are end of year report, if you wish to read what we have been up to please Grow Forth report 2012-2013

Useful Links

The Forth Environment Link website has a list of useful links to other organisations that support environmental activity around Scotland. There are number of organisations listed that support the wide range of food activity in Scotland from growing your own, Allotments, Community Growing, Food Policy & Food Campaigns, Food Directories, Food and Health. This list is not exhaustive so if you have suggestions of things to add let us know.

Some useful tools

Greenspace Scotland - Our Community Growing Toolkit

Greener Scotland Seasonal Food Calendar

Greener Scotland Recipe Finder

Love Food Hate Waste Portion Planner

Incredible Edible Todmorden Brochure



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Comment by Emily Harvey on May 14, 2013 at 12:41

Cultenhove Virtual Tattie Map - the residents have planted 50 tatty bags to grow some of their own tatties...

Comment by Emily Harvey on April 24, 2013 at 10:33

The second annual Grow Forth Summit on March 16th at Alloa town hall.

Comment by Emily Harvey on November 7, 2012 at 18:24

11 year old Birke sums up in why we need to grow the local food movement, in 5 minutes.

Comment by Emily Harvey on November 1, 2012 at 15:13

First part of the program is about community growing and orchard in Dunkeld and Birnam.

Comment by Emily Harvey on October 18, 2012 at 17:18

Blasda - Glasgow Community Growing Map

Am going to put something similar together for Forth Valley area, fairly soon any ideas, let me know. Thanks Em


Comment by Sonia McLay on June 19, 2012 at 4:02

the steering group met for the first time today

Comment by Sonia McLay on June 19, 2012 at 4:01


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