Gardeners gearing up for the season

With the lengthening nights and spring just around the corner the Fairlie Good Gardeners are gearing up for the coming season.

Volunteers at the community garden at Fairlie House are busy sorting seeds, digging over the vegetable plot and preparing to plant a new “orchard” of apple trees with the support of Angus Council Ranger Service.

Following on from the successful construction of the recycled plastic bottle greenhouse in 2010, and the summer house in 2011, the group is now making plans for a raised herb garden to provide an accessible, sensory area that anyone, regardless of physical ability, will be able to tend.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The garden at Fairlie House is growing in every direction and with the greenhouse, the summerhouse, the patio area, flowerbeds, the wildflower patch, the vegetable patch and construction projects, there really is something for everyone.

“The gardeners are a really friendly group of people and welcome absolutely everybody from experienced gardeners who can share their knowledge to those who are completely new to gardening and just want to learn or who would rather be involved in hard landscaping and building sheds and beds. The new raised herb bed will be easy for those who are less physically able.

“We want to be sure that there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. However, the more we create the more work there is to be done and we really do need more help so if you want to get fit for the summer, why spend money on gym membership? Come along to the community garden for a workout!”

The community garden is located at Fairlie House, Kirkton Court, and is supported by the Community Learning and Development Service. To find out more and to get involved just pop along on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 12pm or contact Maggie Sherrit on 01575 574989.