Friday, October 25, 2013

West End Garden Sharing Scheme

Back in March of this year, I attended the launch meeting of 'DUSTIE' - an initiative by the Enterprise Gym at the University of Dundee - aimed at providing university students with paid, supervised work experience that will benefit both the student and the local community.

Now branded as DRIVE, the initiative has two arms -DRIVEPRO, the for-profit unit - and DRIVEECO, the not for profit unit.

I had a very useful meeting earlier today with Bogdan Handrea, Acting Project Manager, to speak about a DRIVEECO initiative - a garden sharing scheme for the West End.   

As Bogdan advises, "Mainly, we want people who are willing to harvest fruit and vegetables to harvest other people’s gardens who are not able or do not have the time to do it.    This would benefit both parties as the owner of the garden would have a share in the harvested food and this will cut down CO2 emissions as they would both save trips to the supermarket and have cheaper organic food."

This is a super initiative and if anyone is interested in knowing more about it, please contact me at drive@frasermacpherson.org.uk