Fri 1 Jul, 2016

The opening ceremony of the Parliament is a reminder that Holyrood is a Parliament for the people, and I'm delighted that Evie's good work locally will be recognised at this nationally important event. Andy Wightman MSP

The founder of a charity that organises food-growing activities to connect children with nature has been nominated as a Local Hero by Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian. 

All 129 MSPs were invited to nominate a constituent who makes a positive difference in their community, to take part in tomorrow's Opening Ceremony of the Scottish Parliament (Sat 2 July).

The 'Local Heroes' will take part in the ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, along with around 2,000 other participants in a colourful, historic tradition. The Riding will feature people from all walks of public life and local community groups, plus music and entertainment.

Andy said:

"My local hero is Evie Murray, founder of Leith Community Crops in Pots. Evie has done great work in schools and elsewhere with the aim of a happy, healthy, leafy Leith. 

"To date the charity has planted around 40 fruit and nut trees, with a further 175 waiting in their tree nursery. In the pipeline is a programme of forest school education, a social enterprise café/farm shop, and much more. The opening ceremony of the Parliament is a reminder that Holyrood is a Parliament for the people, and I'm delighted that Evie's good work locally will be recognised at this nationally important event."

 

Leith Community Crops in Pots

 

Get involved

More like this

Greens bid to bolster ethical aims of new investment bank

Tue 8 May, 2018

The Scottish Greens today outlined distinct plans for the proposed Scottish National Investment Bank to have robust policies on ethical investments, a push towards a zero carbon economy and overall greater scrutiny.

Green MSP Andy Wightman will attempt to win backing from Holyrood’s parties for his amendment to provide the new bank with better “social and environmental outcomes”, including an obligation to deliver strategic housing investment.

Ministers must pick up the pace on making homes warm and affordable

Wed 2 May, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs are urging ministers to pick up the pace on making homes warm and affordable, warning that today’s announcement of £54.5million is funding that had already been earmarked for tackling fuel poverty as part of this year’s budget deal.

During negotiations to improve the Scottish Government’s proposed budget, Green MSPs ensured fuel poverty funding was protected in real terms, with a total of £116m allocated for 2018-19.

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said:

Wightman concerned as tourism agency fails to keep minutes of meetings with AirBnB

Wed 2 May, 2018

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP today (2 May) raised concerns about the Scottish Government’s tourism agency after Freedom of Information (FoI) requests revealed that VisitScotland did not keep minutes of meetings with controversial holiday accommodation provider AirBnB ahead of the recent launch of a collaborative partnership between the two organisations.

The rapid growth in short-term lets, such as many of those enabled by AirBnB, is depriving communities of badly-needed permanent housing.