4. Purpose of the Food-Growing Strategy
4.1 In order to assist with this new duty under the Act, we have produced this food-growing strategy guidance to aid and inspire local authorities and to help them to create their own strategies.
4.2 The increasing demand for food growing space in our communities is evident and to improve the delivery of services, this guidance is intended to help local authorities to facilitate and enable those wanting to grow their own to do so.
4.3 As per the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 local authorities are required to undertake and consult on a Strategic Environmental Assessment, when a qualifying plan, programme or strategy is likely to have significant environmental effects  .
4.4 The legislative requirements of section 119 are set out in the section above. Local authorities should have regard to the following, wider-ranging guidance when developing their food-growing strategies.