Prospective and experienced growers in North Lewis are invited to get together at Clan Macquarrie in Borve on Tuesday 25 February (from 7pm until 8.30pm).

Clan Macquarrie Community Centre – supported by Community Energy Scotland - are looking to encourage anyone interested in growing fruit and vegetables, for their own consumption or commercially, to come along to hear from those who are already doing this for themselves and who can offer support and advice to others interested in developing their knowledge and starting growing.

The session is a one-off event, being run by Clan Macquarrie under their current Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund project, which formally ends at the end of March. 

There is, however, no problem with a group forming locally afterwards if people are interested in meeting again – and Clan Macquarrie will be happy to offer their facilities to help if it is required for future meetings etc.

You don’t need to have a polytunnel/polycrub to attend – Clan Macquarrie expects the information relayed at the session will help all growers.

At the meeting on Tuesday 25, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from representatives from various bodies e.g. the Lewis & Harris Horticultural Producers, Horshader Community Development, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and SAC Consulting, Stornoway. We also hope to have some experienced local growers in attendance. All with the intention of sharing knowledge, encouraging others and identifying not only the benefits but also the challenges of (and hopefully solutions to) growing our own food in a difficult climate – there may even be a taster for some locally grown produce!

Clan Macquarrie are keen to gauge the likely interest in this session and have asked that interested parties let them know in advance of their intention to attend – an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a call to 01851 850751 would be very helpful. That said, they are equally happy for folk to just turn up on the evening.