Alexandra Park Food Forest is a community green space in the East End of Glasgow where we work with nature to produce nutritious organic food that can be harvested for free by the local community. The Food Forest was planted in March 2016 by four local primary schools and the help of 120 local residents and is run by a small committed team of volunteers. We have over 75 fruit and nut trees, an abundance of fruit bushes, edible and medicinal herbs, wildflower meadows, natural woodland play areas and grassy picnic spots to enjoy. We run a range of free community events, volunteer days, after school clubs and creative activities, that encourage people of all ages to come together, learn new skills, play outdoors, share seasonal produce, improve habitats for wildlife and connect with nature.
The Food Forest is set up as a Community Interest Company with three key ethical principles - Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Earth Care asks us to preserve the soil, keep the air and water clean, protect biodiversity, and conserve energy and natural resources. People Care is about health and well-being, nourishment with good food, lifelong learning, trust, respect and meaningful work. Fair Share emphasizes equitable distribution of resources, networking and co-operation, reduction of consumerism, and rethinking notions of growth, progress and development. We try to embody these principles by producing food in a way that supports healthy living ecosystems, and by actively working to promote fairness and equality between people.