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The good life at the allotments

The Arbroath Allotment and Gardening Association held a barbeque to celebrate the completion of the communal area which was partly funded by 'Awards for All Scotland'. From left: Ben Garden, Jimmy Garden, Bryn Calder, Betty Calder, Steven Blackman, Samantha MacFarlane, Robert Pearce (pres), Denise Londie, Sandra Stewart.

The Arbroath Allotment and Gardening Association held a barbeque to celebrate the completion of the communal area which was partly funded by 'Awards for All Scotland'. From left: Ben Garden, Jimmy Garden, Bryn Calder, Betty Calder, Steven Blackman, Samantha MacFarlane, Robert Pearce (pres), Denise Londie, Sandra Stewart.

A £10,000 grant from Awards For All Scotland was recognised on July 12 by The Arbroath Allotment Association with celebration barbeque and opening of the community space and office on July 12th at the Brechin Road site.

“This was a great way to grab folk together, enjoy a soft drink and gardening tips,” commented Robert Pearce, President of the Arbroath Allotment Association.

“People came from Forfar allotments and keen gardeners from the local areas and senior members.

“There are around 70 plots on the site and apart from perhaps your immediate neighbour it is often difficult to chat to the other people on the allotments. The new portacabin office and communal area will help people socialise.”

The Brechin Road site is one of the oldest allotment sites in Angus.

Provided by part of the National Lottery the funding has allowed the Association to create a focal point where people can gather and meet and discuss all things gardening.

They are also collecting old benches that can be spruced up to create space to encourage people to come on open days, swap seeds, plants, tips and tools or simply say hello.

Rob said: “It was very much an enjoyable first experience!

“We also got given our first bench on Monday, adding to the quality of the seating in communal area. So hopefully there will be more open days to come.

“Folk can have a look around and see what can be grown, how many hours a week is involved and the facilities we have such as running water, and hopefully soon deliveries of compost and manure.”

The Association are also trying to encourage the dumping of wood chip and manure at the site which is welcomed by the gardeners, something which usually costs farmers and companies money.

The open day gave members of the public the opportunity for a taster of the allotment environment as they were given the chance to trade plants and tools which were surplus to member’s requirements as well as exchange funding and gardening information with allotment holders from across Angus.

Check the Arbroath Herald for updates on up and coming open days organised by the Arbroath Allotment Association.

 

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