Local Government

At Nourish Scotland we want to see flourishing cities, towns and communities centered firmly on the well-being of Scotland’s people, now and into the future. Support for public transport, active travel, renewable energy, waste management, schools and public services all form part of this picture – as does sustainable food. By investing in a healthier, more sustainable and fairer food system, our local authorities can deliver a whole range of social, economic and environmental outcomes.

The Scottish local government elections took place on 4 May 2017. We encouraged our members and supporters to speak with their local candidates and ask them to put focus on food in the next council period. At the bottom of this page, you can see a the candidates who signed up to the asks.

To follow what happened on Twitter, look back through the hashtag #NourishElectionAsks.


We produced a two-page policy briefing (see below), as well as a longer version that provides more detail and case studies. You can download them here:

Summary version – Nourish Scotland policy asks local government election 2017

Longer version – Nourish Scotland policy asks local elections 2


We’ve also produced a series of blogs about each of the asks:

  1. Develop Effective Cross-sector Food Partnerships
  2. Lead By Example in Public Sector Food
  3. Increase Affordable Access to Healthy Food
  4. Develop & Support Dignified Responses to Food Insecurity
  5. Increase Provision of Land for Food Production
  6. Procure Locally & Invest Council Pension Funds in Sustainable Food Production
  7. Stop Spraying Pesticides and Start Growing Food in Public Spaces


If you have any questions or thoughts about our policy ideas, please get in touch with Olga Bloemen at olga @ nourishscotland.org.uk, or call the Nourish office on 0131 226 1497.




Election candidates supporting these policy asks:

Name Party Area
Kevin Ferguson Greens Hawick and District
Mandy Meikle Greens Clydesdale West, South Lanarkshire
Janet Moxley Greens Clydesdale East
Linda Henry Greens Stirling East
Sandy Forbes Greens Kirkcaldy East
Andy Collins Greens St Andrews
Graham Batin Greens Renfrew South and Gallowhill
Elspeth Coutts Greens Strathtay Ward, Perth & Kinross