Edinburgh’s Royal Yacht Britannia and luxury floating hotel, Fingal, have become the first corporate member of Leith Community Croft as they mark the beginning of part of an ongoing relationship.
Leith Community Croft is an urban croft on Edinburgh’s Leith Links run by the charity Earth in Common that allows residents of Leith and surrounding area to grow food collectively.
Evie Murray is Founder and CEO of Earth in Common, the charity that runs Leith Community Croft. She says, “Fingal and Britannia have really got on board with the whole ethos of the organisation.
“The croft is quite a magical place in terms of wellbeing. The land itself offers wellbeing to people. Even just being here helps people feel inspired, friendships form and people feel less lonely. Being at the croft gives people a sense of agency. Local people are able to contribute towards putting food on their tables and nourishing their children. The croft gives people a real sense of joy.”
The corporate membership has a financial element, but the main contribution to Leith Community Croft will be staff from both ships offering their time, resources and skills to the charity, helping with everything from weeding to marketing.