A free community workshop for people interested in growing their own food will be held at Falkirk Trinity Church on Saturday 14 October.

The event hosted by Forth Environment Link, Falkirk Council, Falkirk Delivers and Greenspace Scotland runs from 10.30am-3pm and is open to everyone living or working in the Falkirk Council area.

Emily Harvey, Food & Growing Development Manager at local charity Forth Environment Link said: “In the morning we’ll be hearing from existing growing projects in the Falkirk area and exploring ideas for more local food projects. In the afternoon, there’ll be some fantastic interactive sessions from foraging for food and growing crops in pots, to apple pressing and making ‘upcycled’ knee pads for gardening work. There’ll also be a mud pie corner for kids and adults! You can drop in or stay the whole day; it’s entirely up to you. But if you would like lunch, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite.”

The workshop’s organisers hope that communities will take inspiration from current projects such as the walled garden at Kinneil Estate run by Sustainable Thinking Scotland, which donates seasonal produce for Bo’ness Storehouse food bank, and Dig in Falkirk, the pocket allotment initiative on Falkirk High Street. New ideas gathered on the day will be used to inform Falkirk Council’s Food Growing Strategy.

Falkirk Council planning officer Mandy Brown said: “The day will help us map out the locations of current projects and hopefully inspire other community or school groups to grow their own, helping expand the network across Falkirk.”