23rd November 2017

Environment minister to visit to see allotment scheme

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Environment minister Roseanna Cunningham is to come to Shetland later this month to see for herself the potential behind the island’s allotment schemes.

The minister will visit Mossbank on 17th August to witness the efforts there to grow fresh produce.

The visit comes almost two years after councillors first discussed the potential behind a network of allotments across the isles.

The enthusiasm, it would seem, has not waned at government level.

Holyrood apparently regards Shetland as being forward-thinking in its approach because allotments “started from scratch” here, whereas they have previously been commonplace in other places.

SIC environmental management official Mary Lisk said: “Shetland is in an unusual place as far as allotments are concerned because we’re starting from scratch. More and more government agendas are pushing towards healthy eating.”

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