A COMMUNITY drug recovery project has been awarded £12,500 from the Central Scotland Green Network Growing Food Together fund.

Alternatives will use the money to help develop a suite of social enterprises offering safe, therapeutic work placement opportunities for drug recovery clients on various horticultural sites across West Dunbartonshire.

The money will be spent on providing secure fencing, a polytunnel, sheds, tools and equipment and associated cost with creating a community orchard.

Supported by the Scottish Government, projects are sharing the fund to foster engagement in growing food, and promoting healthy eating and outdoor exercise.

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Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said: “We are all increasingly aware of the importance of the physical and mental benefits of being outside. I am delighted that this support will help even more people get involved in community growing spaces and learn about the value of fresh food.”