The Arbroath Community Allotment Project is growing in more ways than one after seeing a bumper crop of vegetables including a giant sized courgette.
The Healthy Happy Communities Project is now entering its fourth year and has just had one of the most successful harvests since its launch with a giant courgette weighing 11lbs 2ozs being uncovered recently by pupils from Warddykes and St Thomas primary schools.
A group of six regular volunteers attend the allotment on a Wednesday afternoon to plant, maintain and harvest the crops.
Warddykes, St Thomas, Hayshead and Arbroath Academy are involved with the project and attend on a rotational basis to cultivate four vegetables patches within the plot.
At the end of term the pupils all came together for an open day at the allotment where they made fruit kebabs and tried the various salad leaves and herbs they had grown themselves.
Shona Burge, project manager, said: “Following the summer holidays, the schools returned to harvest butter beans, beetroot, cucumber, early potatoes and courgettes.
“Each week the volunteers and pupils are given the chance to take fresh produce home to cook with their families or sometimes the vegetables are taken back to school to try new recipes.
“We are still looking for a petrol strimmer and a set of shears for the project and if anyone has old shears or a strimmer they do not use and would like to donate them we would be very grateful.
“This year the ground will need to be fertilised and we have been offered some horse manure but still need help with transportation so we would be grateful if anyone who could help with transport could get in touch.”
The project always welcomes new volunteers so anyone with an interest in growing their own fruit and vegetables can contact Shona Burge on 01307 474872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.