Association “overjoyed” with funding

Chairwoamn Elspeth Burns, acting vice-chairman Neil Wallace and secretary Carol Travers look over the plans.

Chairwoamn Elspeth Burns, acting vice-chairman Neil Wallace and secretary Carol Travers look over the plans.

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Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association can now plough on with its restoration scheme thanks to almost £12,000 in Lottery Funding.

The group was one of three successful projects in the north east to attract public support after appearing on the STV North regional news.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery teamed up to form the People’s Projects, which gives the public the chance to help allocate £3 million of Big Lottery funding in their local areas. Five organisations were featured in a series of short films shown over a week, with the three with the most public votes receiving grants.

The Kirrie group will now receive £11,924 to help develop its Tannage Brae site as an allotment suitable for all age groups and all abilities to access.

Fidelma O’Dowda-Cook, committee member, said the organisation is “overjoyed” to have attracted public support.

She said: “We didn’t expect to get the full amount. We were aware that with recent changes to the People’s Project this year, every project that participated would get something but we’re delighted.

“Everyone involved put so much into sharing the information online around friends and family. Everyone who has supported us over the years got stuck in and what you saw in the film was the sheer enthusiasm of the members. Everyone did their bit and it paid off.”

The association, which has members aged up to 90, will now be able to implement the second phase of its scheme which includes building glass houses and a growing tunnel as well as improving paths and provide raised beds of different heights. It will also provide a generator to power a portable cabin used by members.