Housebuilder donation helps Aberdeen community project to grow

George Bellamy

CALA Homes has donated £2,000 to Cultivate Aberdeen, a community initiative that provides food-growing and sustainable education facilities.

The cash will be used to help buy equipment for Cultivate Aberdeen’s St Fittick’s project in Torry. The St Fittick’s edible garden was established to provide the community with access to an allotment space to grow fruit and vegetables.

The space also has a dedicated area for education and outdoor learning to help encourage children and young people to be more creative and enjoy learning about sustainability and self-sufficiency.

George Bellamy, founder and chairman of Cultivate Aberdeen, said, “St Fittick’s is a space for all the community to grow food, learn and enjoy. The response we have had from the community has been incredible, especially as the pandemic has resulted in lots of people enjoying the outdoors on a more regular basis and making the most of the green spaces on their doorstep. We look forward to welcoming new faces to the site and this funding from CALA Homes will certainly help us to grow.

“The funding will go towards essential equipment needed to continue to transfer the former council depot into an edible garden fit for purpose which is centred around our core themes.”

The donation was made as part of the CALA Homes (North) £10,000 Community Bursary scheme. The initiative provides support for a range of organisations and projects within the communities in which CALA builds.

Mike Naysmith, MD at CALA Homes North, said, “The work carried out by the team at Cultivate Aberdeen is simply remarkable and it’s fantastic to see so many residents in Aberdeen involved with cultivating their own fruit and veg. We are proud to be able to play our part in supporting this initiative and helping it to grow across the city and encourage healthy habits among our youth.”