In line with our aims, there has been an interest by the general public in the fact that the redundant glasshouse in Tingwall has lain idle for some years and should be put back into use for growing food. The prime interest is the use of the building by the community for growing on a domestic scale, and could help produce food to satisfy local demand.
Transition Shetland is interested in the proposal as it has the potential to increase awareness in growing food locally, thereby substantially reducing the reliance on food imported from UK mainland and beyond.
It is with great sadness that Transition Shetland has decided to abandon its plans to take over the Tingwall glasshouse and convert it into a centre for community growing, education and therapy.
The environment action group has invested more than two years in a last ditch attempt to rescue the 2,500 square metre building. The group raised £20,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and LEADER - as well as investing member’s personal funds - for a feasibility study that demonstrated there was a viable long term future for the building in community ownership. The study showed widespread support, with many people expressing an interest in renting plots. A public meeting in March attracted 35 people to discuss the plan.
However this support has not resulted in sufficient new interest to overcome the hurdles facing the project. The main barrier is the difference in the valuation of the property and the price being asked for by its owner, which could only be overcome by a strong group of like-minded enthusiasts. Without that level of support coming forward, Transition Shetland has decided to abandon the project and concentrate on other things.
Chairman Pete Bevington said:
The final feasibility study and business plan for a community growing enterprise in the Tingwall Glasshouse, Shetland Islands:
Scalloway consultants AB Associates are carrying out a survey to gauge community interest in turning The Tingwall Glasshouse into a community growing centre.
This short questionnaire will help them find out what folk would like to see happen at The Tingwall Glasshouse.
Anyone who is interested in seeing The Tingwall Glasshouse brought back to life as a community growing centre is urged to fill out this questionnaire.
We are especially interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in getting involved in this exciting project.
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Transition Shetland’s constituted aims are to raise awareness within Shetland of the challenges of peak oil, resource depletion and climate change and the consequent need for change by working with others in Shetland and beyond to develop a low carbon, sustainable and resilient future for the islands and to support people and organisations in their efforts to prepare for such a future.
To this end Transition Shetland (TS) was made aware that Tingwall & Girlsta Development Association has had an interest in the redundant glasshouse in Tingwall that has lain idle for some years and should, if at all possible, be put back into use for growing food. The prime interest is the use of the building by the community for growing on a domestic scale, and could help produce food to satisfy local demand for growing space. TS is interested in the proposal as it has the potential to increase awareness in growing food locally, thereby substantially reducing the reliance on food imported from UK mainland and beyond. Therefore TS wishes to examine the feasibility of establishing a community growing area and determining its ultimate sustainability and contribution to the development of the island economy within its objectives.