Ready for winter down at allotments

Kids from the Wonderland Nursary visited the pumpkin patch at the community allotment at Brechin Road on Tuesday as part of 'Make a Difference Day'.
Kids from the Wonderland Nursary visited the pumpkin patch at the community allotment at Brechin Road on Tuesday as part of 'Make a Difference Day'.

GREEN-FINGERED Arbroath folk got stuck in to a bit of gardening this week when they helped out at the allotments.

On Tuesday residents were invited to take part in preparing the Brechin Road allotments for winter as part of the Healthy Happy Communities project’s ‘Make A Difference Day’.

The health project works with the community to focus on helping young people develop their knowledge of health and nutrition.

The project is particularly aimed at young families and children under five to generate an interest in growing and cooking fresh healthy food.

Volunteers carried out essential tasks such as weeding, trimming, painting sheds and benches and levelling the last piece of waste ground.

Local nursery children also visited in the afternoon to plant pumpkins for Hallowe’en 2013.

Healthy Happy Communities Project manager Shona Burge said: “It really has been a bumper year for the allotment with lots of fresh produce having been harvested over the summer and we have been delighted with the ongoing support and interest from the local community for this project.

“The Make A Difference Day is an important day as it will mean that many of the gardening jobs will be able to be completed before winter sets in.

“We would welcome any offers of help and would encourage people to pop in on the day.

“The volunteers are still looking for a petrol strimmer and a hand push lawn mower. So if anyone is doing a shed clear-out before the winter we would be glad to take them off your hands.”

Volunteers are always welcome. For more information or to get involved contact project manager Shona Burge on 01307 474872.