New green food project for Bute

Bute Produce has been awarded funding from Natural Scotland and the Climate Challenge Fund to increase the range of food growing and food waste disposal opportunities on the island.
Bute Produce has been awarded funding from Natural Scotland and the Climate Challenge Fund to increase the range of food growing and food waste disposal opportunities on the island.

Bute’s reputation as an island which loves food and hates waste is set to grow dramatically thanks to a new government-funded project.

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is giving more than £37,000 to Bute Produce to run the ‘Bute 360 Food Supply Chain’ in a bid to further reduce the island’s environmental footprint.

The project will include ‘grow your own’ workshops and a community growing space at Bute Produce’s Ashfield market garden on the edge of Rothesay, for those who would like to grow their own food but don’t have space to do so at home.

Other features of the scheme are a pilot food waste collection service, initially involving 50 Bute households, and a community composting area for biodegradable material, trialling different methods of composting to find out which is the most effective and efficient way to turn food waste into a useful resource

Reeni Kennedy-Boyle, general manager at Bute Produce’s parent organisation Fyne Futures, said: “If you love food and hate waste, this is the project for you.

“Get in touch. Get involved. Let’s be the change we want to see.”