Horticulture Project at Tagsa site features in LEADER programme video for the Scottish Rural Network

Scottish LEADER programme from ScottishRuralNetwork on Vimeo.

This film highlights six of the inspiring projects from the 2007-13 Scottish LEADER programme.


Sewing Wildflowers

‘Sewing Wildflowers’ will transform the appearance, character and biodiversity of the East Camp site, in a fun, creative project to replant communal areas with native species. Secondary School Biology/Crofting pupils; the resident Riding Stables Youth Group and An Caladh Youth Cafe (aged 12-25); Employ-ability Group (16-19): will learn about biodiversity’s importance to fruit and vegetable production, and use onsite propagating facilities to grow, care for and plant wildflowers on the site which accommodates over 40 local growers (aged 8-80). This project will complete the transformation of East Camp from previous identity as RAF Benbecula into an inviting, community facility reflecting the natural landscape of the Western Isles.


CCFTU  Cothrom Nat scot

Local Food for Local People (CCF3812)

Growing More Food Locally | Delivering Horticultural Training and Advice | Supporting a ‘Growing Community’

Local Food for Local People (LFLP) is a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) project run in partnership by Tagsa Uibhist and Cothrom.

Tagsa Uibhist is a voluntary organisation based in Balivanich, Benbecula providing community services that meet the needs of the elderly and vulnerable population in Uist.

Cothrom is a community and development organisation in South Uist predominantly providing certificated training opportunities.

The development of Local Food for Local People (LFLP) has been widely supported in Uist by the following: SAC Consulting; East Camp Trust; Hebridean Living; Storas Uibhist

Tagsa Uibhist previously piloted a LEADER funded Horticulture Project, which provided opportunities for local people to grow fruit and vegetables, targeted particularly at vulnerable adults to afford them therapeutic, healthy eating and well-being opportunities. Local Food for Local People builds on that legacy by expanding growing facilities in the form of Keder Greenhouses, raised bed allotment plots, and formal (SVQ Horticulture) and informal horticultural training that supports the ‘growing community’ to work towards becoming more self-sufficient.