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by Ruaraidh Gilmour
08 March 2023
Scotcoin donation funds Easterhouse community garden

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Scotcoin donation funds Easterhouse community garden

A community allotment has been transformed thanks to a donation from Scotcoin – Scotland’s first and only cryptocurrency.

Easterhouse-based FARE (Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse) used the Scotcoin Project Community Interest Company (CIC) donation to invest in an assortment of plants and flowers.

Scotcoin, which is branded as an ethical crypto company, were able to exchange cryptocurrency tokens for plants, flowers and compost thanks to their link with BBX, a crypto network that secures excess goods and materials for third-sector projects.  

The donation enabled FARE to revamp a neglected, overgrown patch of wasteland and clear the way for a new community garden, with the help of volunteers and local school and nursery pupils. As part of the charity’s ongoing programme of community support, the children will use the garden to learn how to plant and grow fruit and vegetables to take home to their families.  

It is hoped that Scotcoin's CIC project will highlight the growing ties between third-sector organisations and the world of digital assets. The project seeks to support a range of charitable and community projects that boost Scotland’s ambitions for a fairer and greener society.  

Temple Melville, chief executive of the Scotcoin Project CIC, added: “Contributing to FARE’s allotment in Easterhouse brought us great joy. Scotcoin’s CIC was established to use cryptocurrency as a force for good, and there’s something very special about transforming an area that has previously been neglected. We hope to continue our support for FARE Scotland, and other community projects, in the near future.”  

Susan Wilson, community engagement lead gardener for FARE Scotland, said: “The Scotcoin Project’s donation to our allotment is hugely appreciated. Our garden has transformed into a cheerful growing space, bringing together people of all ages in the heart of the Easterhouse community. We are grateful for the support of the determined volunteers and generous residents and look forward to seeing how the development continues to prosper in the years to come.”

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