The 2025 Project team made maps to record the past, the present and your ideas about the future regarding access to local food, public transport and paths, local employment, home energy efficiency etc. Some 600+ local people throughout the Dunbar and East Linton Ward shared and mapped their knowledge and ideas. The summary reports are available on this website by area (click on markers on map to the right).
A drop-in food mapping event was staged in a pop-up shop on the High Street over two weeks leading up to the Scottish Local Food Gathering in October 2009. People mapped their knowledge about where we got our food in the past (eg. through the Dig for Victory years), where they get their food now and where they would like to get their food in the future. We used a separate map for each topic (past, present, future). We used post-it notes to enable people to record and map their knowledge and ideas.
We also used an H-Form which is a tool designed to enable people to self evaluate questions like: “How much of the food you eat is locally produced?”. With this tool they could give themselves a score between 0 (no local food eaten) and 10 (all food eaten is local). More important than these scores were people’s explanations for their scores, which were recorded privately onto post-its. We also asked them to record their ideas for making it easier for them to access locally produced / grown food and to map where on the future maps.
We also mapped local knowledge and ideas about Public Transport, Paths, Local Employment, Home Energy Efficiency and Skills
Because we know that only a small proportion of the population were likely to drop by (we tracked them by age, gender and area) or come to organised meetings, we recruited local people from each of the settlement areas in the ward. Trained in Community Mapping techniques, they carried out a wider survey based on the above, but reaching people where they lived, worked, and schooled. More than 20 local facilitators where trained in mapping and using the H-form to carry out the surveys in and around where they lived.
At this point some 600+ people of all ages and areas have had their say.
The consolidated map survey outputs were published on the Sustaining Dunbar website, as they were ready and can be accessed from the right menu map.