Helping garden take root

A community garden project which aims to bring together different age groups in Forfar has received a funding boost of £8,700 from NHS Tayside.

The Pitstop Youth Cafe is in the process of designing the garden for its Academy Street premises and will channel the money into its development.

Dawn Mullady, project manager, said: “We are asking members of the local community to come along to Pitstop every Wednesday morning. We would like to encourage anyone interested to have a say in the design and development of the garden.

“We hope community members will come and share their skills and knowledge to others who may want to learn and be part of a local project.”

Dawn added that while the garden is a ‘blank canvas’, preliminary designs have been drawn up although further input from the wider community will be welcome when the scheme begins formally on Wednesday, June 10.

She continued: “The Men’s Shed group also meets in The Pitstop and we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to learn from them what to plant and not plant. It’s now just practicalities and we’re looking for plants, and farmers who could donate potato boxes to make raised beds, so it will be fully accessible to all.”

Richard McIntosh from the Community Innovation Fund, said: “The fund plays a vital role in supporting local people to make positive changes to help them improve their health and well-being. NHS Tayside looks forward to seeing their application come to life.”

Further details are available from Dawn Mullady on 01307 467657.