The Arran Pioneer Project

Growing Food Island-Wide: The Arran Pioneer Project CIC

The Arran Pioneer Project is a Community Interest Company. We are a group of Islanders working together to spearhead a farming program for all communities on the Isle of Arran.

We will be working with other community groups, landowners, conservation groups, and North Ayrshire Council to bring areas of land into community use. The areas we will be focusing on are; local food production; transfer of knowledge between all age groups, friendship and camaraderie. We have active sites in Whiting Bay, Lochranza and Lamlash, and we are finalising arrangements regarding sites in Brodick and Pirnmill.

The growing area in Lochranza

Our aim is to produce as much food as possible on Arran, to help ensure the provision of fresh fruit and vegetables in the future and to contribute towards food security on the island. We want to draw on the rich tradition and heritage of farming communities on Arran and combine this with modern approaches to environmentally-friendly farming and food production for the benefit of the community as a whole.

How to get involved

We need input on many levels from people all over Arran. We need volunteers to help with sites and we want everyone to benefit from local knowledge and enthusiasm. We would be grateful for donations in the form of tools, seeds, materials and other equipment.

Most importantly we hope to gain the support of the community of Arran to support the cause in any way that they can, there are plenty of roles for all ages and abilities.

If you are interested please look at our website and send us an email on arran@pioneerproject.scot .

The site in Whiting Bay that has been cultivated over the 2020 season