‘Make a difference day’ at allotment

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LOCAL residents are invited to come along to the Healthy Happy Communities’ allotment project in Brechin Road on Thursday, October 20, to help clear and prepare the ground in time for winter.

Do you have an interest in gardening and a few hours to spare? Then you would be very welcome to come along and take part in the project’s ‘make a difference day’.

The event has been organised so that volunteers can help carry out the essential autumn gardening tasks such as stripping out plant pots, helping to shift slabs, as well as the usual weeding and general tidying up.

The greenhouse also requires to be moved to a better area on the allotment site and members of the project team are hoping for volunteers to assist with this and to help seal some of the loose glass panes to make it wind and watertight for winter.

Working in collaboration with members of the Arbroath community, the health project focuses on helping local people to develop their knowledge of health and nutrition.

It encourages young families and especially children under the age of five to become interested in growing and cooking healthy, fresh foods.

If you would like to join the volunteers at the Brechin Road allotment then come prepared for all weathers as the clear-up will be carrying on even if there is a shower of rain!

The project team is also looking for the use of a petrol strimmer on the day to help cut back the grass and for donations of old carpet, so if anyone can help could they bring these along or contact Shona Burge or Denise Black on 01307 474872 or 01307 476491 to arrange pick-up.

Shona Burge, Healthy Happy Communities project manager, said: “Healthy eating is at the heart of a healthy life and that is why nutrition is such an important topic and the allotment project has positively bloomed this year.

“To make the final clearing up possible we need the use of a petrol-fuelled strimmer on the day so if anyone has one of these that we could borrow, then please come along or get in touch.

“We are looking for more volunteers to help us over the autumn and winter months to keep the allotment maintained so if anyone is interested in volunteering they will be able to sign up at ‘make a difference day’ or by calling myself or Denise. We are only looking for a few hours commitment once a week over the coming months.”