Help us create good spaces in the heart of Falkirk Town Centre where our communities can come together to plant, grow, cook and eat their own fruit and vegetables.
We want folk like you to have the opportunity to be creative with your urban spaces. We want you to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and work with others to do this.
We want Falkirk to thrive in all senses of the word – to provide places people enjoy meeting and growing together, where they are free to produce local, healthy food and share other ideas for making better places, places for people.
Together we can create a Town Centre buzzing with activity and with lots of new reasons to stay a bit longer to enjoy the environment, the shops, cafes and pubs and soak up the atmosphere.
The First Dig is a crucial first stage in our much larger “Dig in Falkirk” project. Our ultimate aim is that every community in the Falkirk area has spaces where individuals, groups and businesses can come together to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
“Dig in Falkirk” is brought to you by a group of organisations working together – Falkirk Council, Forth Environment Link and Falkirk Delivers. We will run our first Falkirk Food Summit where community growers from across the area will gather, chat and share ideas. We also want to speak to as many people as we can as we pull together our local food growing strategy for the area. This will help us find new spaces for allotments and community gardens, and will help us guide communities looking to set up their own growing projects in the area.
Let’s get Falkirk growing – for you, for your family, for fun!
We want to raise £1,500 for the whole project but we can get to work before we reach that target. You can see below what your donation will help us achieve...
£250 will pay for us to clear out shrubs and old compost from 1 of the High Street planters and buy enough vegetable seeds and fruit and herb plants to work with groups to create a new community growing space in the Town Centre.
£500 will buy enough seeds, plants and compost so we can work with groups to create 2 new community growing spaces in Falkirk High Street. This means we will be able to transform two raised planting beds into small plots where groups can grow their own fruit and vegetables.
£750 will pay for a community artist to run 3 creative sessions – it could be knitting, sculpture, sketching or something crafty – anything that will inspire folk to get involved in our First Dig project.
£1,000 will help us put on our “Eat the Street” event in Falkirk Town Centre. This event will run at one of the monthly Producer’s Markets in Falkirk, and will mean we can showcase lots of quirky ways that you can use public spaces for growing your own fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers.
£1,500 will mean we can run cookery demonstrations at our “Eat the Streets” event to show folk interesting ways to cook and eat the produce they have grown.
We’ve listed some suggested donations but if the exact amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and then type a message starting with "Dig in Falkirk" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
You can now donate to the Dig In Falkirk project by TEXT. Just text the project code (FALK48) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'FALK48 £5' to donate £5. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please REPLY to the Gift Aid text.
MyParkScotland provides a safe and easy way to make a donation to support this great project.
To make a donation, click on ‘Support Now’ and select your choice of Gift Level. If you are a UK tax payer, selecting a Level which includes Gift Aid means that we can top up your donation at no extra cost to you. Adding Gift Aid typically means that your online donation of, for example, £10 becomes a park investment of £11.53 (after paying platform and management fees). You need to provide your address to enable us to claim Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is a Government scheme which allows charities to increase the value of donations made to them. Gift Aid makes a huge difference to small charities and local organisations, but if they aren’t registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and HMRC, they can’t claim Gift Aid (and many that could claim Gift Aid don’t because they find the process too complicated). At MyParkScotland, we take care of the claim process on eligible donations, so that the Friends and community groups can concentrate on the great work they do in our parks.
We use PayPal to manage online donations and they charge a small platform fee for handling donations. We work hard to keep our fees as low as possible to make sure that as much of each donation as possible is invested in our parks. For donations without Gift Aid, at least 92% of your donation is invested in parks. MyParkScotland is a not-for-profit registered Scottish charity (No. SC045424) and any fees taken go towards covering essential operating costs.
You can find out more information about Gift Aid and MyParkScotland fees in the main Small Print section.