Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat It

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20180802

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities.

Presented by gardening expert Nicola Singleton, each week across the peak of Scotland's growing season, Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat it! comes from one of our adopted gardens. As well as gathering ingredients to cook and eat together, the programmes will gather stories from behind the scenes about the volunteers, their lives and the life of the community garden; Nicola will provide expert gardening advice while a local chef/cook will provide the know how for getting the best from the food once it hits the kitchen. Let's Grow It, Cook it, Eat it provides a seasonal celebration of how sharing space, food and skills can grow stronger, healthier communities.

2018080920180812 (RS)

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities.

Presented by gardening expert Nicola Singleton, each week across the peak of Scotland's growing season, Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat it! comes from one of our adopted gardens. As well as gathering ingredients to cook and eat together, the programmes will gather stories from behind the scenes about the volunteers, their lives and the life of the community garden; Nicola will provide expert gardening advice while a local chef/cook will provide the know how for getting the best from the food once it hits the kitchen. Let's Grow It, Cook it, Eat it provides a seasonal celebration of how sharing space, food and skills can grow stronger, healthier communities.

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Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities.

Presented by gardening expert Nicola Singleton, each week across the peak of Scotland's growing season, Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat it! comes from one of our adopted gardens. As well as gathering ingredients to cook and eat together, the programmes will gather stories from behind the scenes about the volunteers, their lives and the life of the community garden; Nicola will provide expert gardening advice while a local chef/cook will provide the know how for getting the best from the food once it hits the kitchen. Let's Grow It, Cook it, Eat it provides a seasonal celebration of how sharing space, food and skills can grow stronger, healthier communities.

Belville Community Garden Trust, Greenock2018082320180826 (RS)

Nicola Singleton visits the Belville Community Garden Trust in Greenock.

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton visits the Belville Community Garden Trust in Greenock, where a community growing space has flourished on the site of recently demolished high-rise flats. From weekly "Soup and Blether" lunches to educational outreach in the local school, we hear how growing, cooking and eating together is uniting the neighbourhood.

Nicola explores the allotment, where people of all ages and stages are learning new skills and growing new relationships. We meet the dedicated team of cooks who put the garden produce to good use at their pay-as-you-feel lunches. And Frankie Vaughan investigates how hydroponics is engaging local families in sustainable food production.

Eats Rosyth2018080920180812 (RS)

Nicola Singleton visits Rosyth, where growing and cooking nourish the local community.

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton visits the Edible and Tasty Spaces (EATS) Rosyth project, where local volunteers are planting fruit, vegetables and flowers in public spaces across the town of Rosyth. Joined by project managers John Warnock, Danny Hughes and Karen Dorrat and a group of committed volunteers, we celebrate the role of growing, cooking and eating good food in community life.

Chef Christopher Trotter serves up a vegetable curry using freshly picked produce from the community garden, where the team are growing everything from grapes to green beans.

Nicola shares her top tips for summer pruning in the Rosyth Centenary Orchard, home to a heritage apple tree that is thought to be progenitor of all modern apple varieties.

And Frankie Vaughan drops into one of the weekly pay-as-you-feel community dinners to hear how locally grown ingredients are nourishing new relationships.

Ninewells Community Garden2018080220180805 (RS)

Nicola Singleton explores the therapeutic potential of growing and sharing food in Dundee.

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities

Walking through the sensory garden in the beautiful Arboretum of Ninewells Hospital in Dundee Nicola Singleton begins her exploration of this rather special community garden. Together with food historian Peggy Brunache they hear how the garden is used by staff, patients and the wider community.

Garden facilitator Sarah Griffiths introduces Nicola to bee keeper Jim Doig who allows both Nicola and Peggy to visit his bee hives in the heart of the garden where Peggy collects some honey for lunch. Jim explains how they've created a tapestry lawn as a bee friendly area of the garden.

Nicola explains to a young horticultural student how to propagate using summer cuttings, visits a clinic with a difference where a group of amputees are using the garden as an alternative to the gym and ends by hearing how Peggy has made lunch using Ninewells own honey.

The Concrete Garden2018081620180819 (RS)

Nicola Singleton visits Possilpark in Glasgow, where gardens provide an urban oasis.

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities

Gardening expert Nicola Singleton visits 'The Concrete Garden' in Possilpark, Glasgow, where the local community have transformed a derelict building site into an urban oasis. Joined by Project Manager Moira McCaig and Garden Development Worker Paula McCabe, she hears how growing, cooking and eating together provide refuge and relationship.

Chef John Quigley serves up a Possilpark pizza using freshly foraged produce from the garden, while Nicola takes a tour of The Back Garden, where the team have developed a natural play area for the local community. Plus, the ever thrifty Frankie Vaughan investigates how upcycling can bring old furniture back to life in the garden with James Reid of Tap O' Noth farm.

The Town Is The Garden, Huntly2018083020180902 (RS)

Nicola Singleton visits Deveron Projects in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Nicola Singleton discovers how sharing space, food and skills can grow communities

Nicola Singleton visits Deveron Projects in Huntly, where their “Town Is The Garden ? project is breaking the traditional garden model to encourage the whole town to get involved in sustainable food production. From planters outside the Post Office to “guerrilla gardening ?, project leader Joss Allen explains how they aim to engage the wider community.

Down in the allotments, Nicola explores the ways in which gardening is bringing people together, and we meet a young family as they experiment in their plot.

Back in the kitchen, Frankie Vaughan hears how food is used to inspire important discussions around the issue of sustainability.

And Nicola has the honour of opening the brand new Barter Shop, where members of the community can exchange surplus produce, seeds and recipes through a bartering system.

Presented by gardening expert Nicola Singleton, each week across the peak of Scotland's growing season, Let's Grow It, Cook It, Eat it! comes from one of our adopted gardens. As well as gathering ingredients to cook and eat together, the programmes will gather stories from behind the scenes about the volunteers, their lives and the life of the community garden; Nicola will provide expert gardening advice while a local chef/cook will provide the know how for getting the best from the food once it hits the kitchen. Let's Grow It, Cook it, Eat it provides a seasonal celebration of how sharing space, food and skills can grow stronger, healthier communities.