Shettleston Community Growing Project

The Fruitful Schools campaign is urging MSPs to help sweep away some of the bureaucratic blockages that stand in the way of getting fruit trees planted in schools, hospital grounds, streets, parks and around public buildings such as the new buildings being constructed for the Commonwealth games in 2014.

Apples

"Providing land for food growing helps people to help themselves. People don't want to sit home and watch daytime TV - they want something useful to do. This is true for people young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural.

Being able to go and get your hands dirty and grow things is so important to people. And it's vital that children learn these skills so they know how to feed themselves in what is an uncertain future. It's not a great thought that our children and their children may struggle to feed themselves.

Growing your own fruit and food builds confidence and health and without these the country can't recover. The wartime Dig for Victory campaign has lessons for today."

Read more on the Guardian's Scotland Blog