I am delighted that the legislative framework relating to allotments, set out in Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, is now complete.
It will help us move towards our goal that as a Good Food Nation people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food we buy, serve, and eat day by day.
Good food can have major impacts on our health, environment and society. It can help reduce dietary-related diseases, mitigate the environmental impact of our food consumption, and bring communities together too.
Allotments and other grow your own initiatives undoubtedly help us to deliver these benefits.
I am delighted to produce this guidance for local authorities to assist them in delivering on their new functions as set out in the new allotments legislative framework.
It is a step forward for local authorities to deliver our aim of extending availability of grow-your-own land. I fully expect these new powers will open up the many benefits of allotments to the wider community.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform